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For most of us, summer is time to think about a vacation and buy something fashionable at seasonal sales. For conflict-affected people in eastern Ukraine, however, it is time to think about next winter and to purchase coal well in advance of the cold season, when the temperature will drop below -20 C°.
Nearly four years of ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine has had a significant impact on all aspects of life for pensioniers like Maria and all communities in the Donbas region. The protracted nature of the crisis has paralyzed economic activity and severely reduced household coping capacities on both sides of the 457 km contact line. IOM is seeking US$37.8 million for its emergency and recovery programmes to the end of 2108.
IOM has assisted over 209,000 vulnerable IDPs and conflict-affected people in 24 regions of Ukraine since 2014.
Eastern Ukraine is shuddering through a fourth winter of armed conflict. Some 3.4 million men, women and children are locked in a dire humanitarian situation right on Europe’s doorstep. We spoke to three women affected by the conflict that has claimed 10,000 lives.
Kyiv - Ukraine has more than one million Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and the United Nations estimates that 60% of the registered ones are pensioners. Elderly are among the most vulnerable groups and are often neglected in situation of conflict and violence. Frequently, they have mobility problems and less physical strength to hide, flee or defend themselves from violence. As families and communities disintegrate, elderly might be left behind.
Kyiv - Over 230,000 Ukrainians became victims of human trafficking since 1991, according to the latest research commissioned by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) – the UN Migration Agency. IOM started helping Ukrainians who had fallen prey to traffickers in 2000, with funding from donors and in cooperation with a network of partner non-government organizations throughout the country. Over seventeen years later, the UN Migration Agency has helped more than 13,000 trafficking survivors return to a dignified life.
Kyiv - Over 2,500 vulnerable families displaced to the Kharkiv Region, which borders the conflict zone in Eastern Ukraine, have already received cash assistance from the EU and Norway in the framework of the IOM project launched in July. These are over 3,500 women and the same number of children.