Support injured and disabled people affected by the conflict in Ukraine
Over the past few days, intense heavy bombing has been devastating towns and cities in Ukraine, killing more than 136 innocent people. As the death toll climbs, so does the number of wounded.
It is estimated that over 8 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Hundreds of thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes and seek shelter, cramming into schools in the hope that they will be safe or desperately trying to leave the country.
A woman with a child walks in front of a damaged residential building in a suburb of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, where a military shell hit, on February 25, 2022. © Daniel LEAL / AFP
We have deployed a team of emergency experts to Ukraine and neighbouring countries to assess the humanitarian situation.
Our staff are working around the clock to reach populations affected by the conflict and determine how HI can provide assistance.
Our priority is to help the most vulnerable people affected by the conflict, including injured people, people with disabilities, elderly people and those with chronic illnesses.
It is vital that we act quickly in the face of such a huge crisis, but we can’t do it without vital emergency funds.
Cities across Ukraine have been the target of devastating weapons strikes. Main cities like Kharkiv and the capital, Kyiv, have been subjected to heavy bombing. According to initial reports, 136 civilians have been killed and 300 injured.
Humanity & Inclusion calls for an immediate end to the hostilities, and for the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure from the effects of war. The use of explosive weapons in populated areas must stop. Civilians in Ukraine must have access to humanitarian aid, and their movements must be protected when they flee the conflict.
“Consequences of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas are tragically predictable. Most of the people killed or injured are civilians. Widespread bombing causes complex injuries and psychological trauma. Populations are displaced and vital infrastructure like schools, hospitals, bridges, electricity supply, and clean water supply are destroyed. Contamination by explosive remnants is left behind, and can threaten the population for decades. There is only one solution: To stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.”
Alexis Gaiptman, Executive Director, Humanity & Inclusion Canada
people in need of humanitarian assistance
including 9.7 million children
people facing emergency level of food insecurity
people needing emergency health services in 2021
people displaced by conflict in 2021
Mohammad Rasool, Base coordinator for HI in Afghanistan.
Mohammad Rasool manages HI's programme in Kandahar and Nimroz provinces where our teams are providing rehabilitation and psychosocial support. In this interview, Mohammad describes the situation on the ground at the moment.
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