Geneva/Budapest/Kyiv, 23 August 2022 – Six months into the escalation of conflict in Ukraine, humanitarian needs continue to rise both at home and abroad. As the entire humanitarian aid system expands, the conflict could have a lasting impact on the ability of organizations and their supporters to respond in Ukraine and respond to emergencies elsewhere.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Ukrainian Red Cross Society and 46 other Red Cross Societies and Red Crescent Societies continue to expand their largest-ever response to meet humanitarian needs.
IFRC President Francesco Rocca said:
“People are at a critical breaking point. The human toll continues to mount and the suffering of millions of people has been unimaginable. Food and fuel prices will rise and the food crisis will worsen. “As the conflict drags on, the devastating repercussions only grow.The IFRC continues to scale to meet humanitarian needs, but we cannot do it alone.”
In Ukraine and neighboring countries, inflation and shortages of essentials such as fuel and food are affecting people’s ability to purchase basic goods. The humanitarian needs will increase even more as cold weather arrives in the coming weeks. While we have witnessed incredible generosity, these economic strains can affect how well host communities can help those fleeing conflict. Those who escape are stuck between starting over or returning to uncertainty and potential danger.
The conflict continues to have far-reaching consequences. Food prices are rising all over the world. Ukraine is he one of the world’s largest grain exporters. The country’s grain exports have fallen by 46% so far this year. This massive decline is having a major impact on the Greater Horn of Africa, where more than 80 million of her people are experiencing extreme hunger, the worst food crisis in 70 years.
With millions displaced from their homes, more than 100,000 local Red Cross volunteers and staff have been sent to Ukraine, neighboring Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Russia, Belarus and the region. mobilized rapidly in 17 countries.
General Maksim Dotsenko, director of the Ukrainian Red Cross, said:
“People have had to leave everything behind and flee for their lives. Many people live day by day and plan. We know this will only become more difficult for those in need of housing, food, goods and services.”
“Our staff and volunteers continue to support people around the clock, even though many are concerned about their families and their safety. We continue to do our part to deliver critical assistance to those in need.We focus on adaptability, flexibility and being ready to handle whatever comes next.”
Much remains unknown about the future of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Even if the conflict were to end tomorrow, it would take years to repair the damage to cities and homes and the impact on families. This prospect requires long-term commitment from humanitarian agencies, governments and donors. New sources of funding and resources must be found outside the humanitarian budget.
Driven by equity, the IFRC continues to scale with other members of the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Society to provide essential humanitarian assistance. Cash and voucher assistance. Health care including mental health support, first aid, medical supplies and care. and water and sanitation.
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