On February 24, 2022 Russia launched a new attack on Ukraine. Over the last year, the land and the people have sustained major damage. Many people have been injured and killed. Millions have fled their homes and have lost livelihoods. UNHCR reports that 8.1 million people from Ukraine are registered in Europe and 4.9 million have temporary protection in Europe. 5.4 million Ukrainians are internally displaced. 17.7 million people need humanitarian assistance, many on a regular basis. The war has created large-scale mental trauma for its people.
The people need food, water, shelter, medical and psychosocial care, education and safety every day.
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Church leaders from our partner churches in Aotearoa New Zealand are calling people to pray for the people and for peace.
“We follow the One who as a vulnerable child had to flee as a refugee in the face of tyranny. None of us can be unmoved by the scenes of devastation and suffering in Ukraine.
Christian World Service is our means as Anglican Christians to offer tangible support directly to partners in Ukraine. We strongly encourage you to give what you can and to pray unceasingly.” Archbishop Don and Archbishop Philip
We are supporting the work of ACT Alliance in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. ACT Alliance is asking for support for work in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Members are also working in Moldova and Russia. ACT members are distributing food, water, hygiene supplies and blankets as well as cups of tea and psychosocial support for people approaching the borders and new arrivals. Members are running information and resettlement hubs, shelters, and recreational facilities for children. Some cash support and health treatment are available. CWS is grateful to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for a matching grant to assist refugees in Poland with our partner the Lutheran World Federation.
More support is needed for people escaping the deadly violence of war.