Shattered Lives, Unbroken Spirits
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Kyiv — This year the conflict in eastern Ukraine, largely forgotten by the international media, will mark its fifth anniversary. IOM and other humanitarian agencies working in the country estimate that 3.5 million people in Ukraine still need assistance. The number has risen slightly in the past year, due to the impact of landmines and the mental and psychological scars of the drawn-out conflict.
More than 30 per cent of people in need of assistance are over 60, and more than half are women and children. Women are particularly affected in the areas closest to the conflict zone, where they head six in every ten families.
Every week, civilians are injured or killed near the contact line, the 427-km-long divide between the non-government-controlled areas (NGCA) and government-controlled areas (GCA), due to active fighting or landmines. Over 3,000 civilians have already been killed and up to 9,000 injured since 2014. Homes, schools, hospitals, water and sanitation facilities are often shelled.
IOM has been assisting the most vulnerable conflict-affected people on both sides of the contact line in eastern Ukraine. Their stories speak more eloquently than any reports. Read more here