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Caritas Czech Republic in cooperation with other Czech Caritas offices is helping the victims of the riots in the Maidan square and also the people affected by the ongoing armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) registered internally displaced people (IDP) reached 1 200 000 in April 2015. Since the fighting began, the number has been rising. Thousands of Ukrainian residents also fled to other countries.

The help provided by Caritas is mainly focused on those people who went to the west of the country. Archdiocesan Charity Olomouc, Caritas Ostrava-Opava and District Charity Znojmo often follow its previous activities in the country - ensuring health and social services.

Information about humanitarian aid in 2015 (both in English and Czech) here.

More violence in Eastern Ukraine, thousands are without water and power

Caritas Ukraine has deployed an emergency team to Avdiivka which has been under heavy shelling (photo: Caritas Ukraine).

Caritas fears for a humanitarian emergency in eastern Ukraine following an upsurge in fighting between government forces and Russian-backed separatists. Fighting in the frontline town of Avdiivka has cut water and power to most of the 25 000 inhabitants, while temperatures have fallen as low as -17C. Caritas Ukraine has distributed emergency food packs to 1 000 households containing enough supplies for 2-3 weeks and will distribute another 1 000 packs along with cash grants. Read more on caritas.org.

Caritas delivered 1,5 tons of Christmas presents to Ukraine

Christmas for Ukrainian Children

Christmas presents for more than 300 Ukrainian children filled up a lorry of the Caritas of the Archdiocese of Olomouc (CAO). The lorry went abroad on Tuesday, 13th December 2016. The children will unwrap the presents during the Ukrainian Christmas – on 5th and 6th January. They are from socially disadvantaged families, from children’s homes or they had to abandon their homes due to the military conflict in the east of the country…

Ukraine´s humanitarian crisis

 Caritas established Child-Friendly Spaces to help traumatised children to cope and to integrate into their new environment (photo: Caritas Europa).

The crisis in Ukraine is the biggest humanitarian crisis Europe has seen since the Second World War in terms of numbers of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and persons who have left the country. More than 1.7 million IDPs are registered with the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, while more than 1.3 million have left Ukraine to neighbouring countries. More than 5 million people have been affected by the conflict, which is now in its third year. Since 2014, 9,553 people have lost their lives due to shelling and fighting and 22,137 people have been wounded. Read more on caritas.eu.

War-torn Ukraine needs aid

Luba is one of the many elderly and very vulnerable people supported by Caritas in the village of Torietsk (photo: Irene Broz/Caritas).

Luba is a kind looking and lively lady, with a moon shaped face and high plump cheekbones. She is wearing a colourful headscarf like most women in her village of Torietsk, which lies on the frontline in Ukraine’s civil war. Read more on caritas.org.

The Ukrainian Mission IV.

Ukraine Mission IV.

The Pentamerous team of Caritas of the Archdiocese of Olomouc has completed  its mission in Ukraine. The mission ended with  a football match and playing with boys from the children's home in Bortnik, a visit to a farm in Kolomyja, and the  opening ceremony of the local Caritas's quarters. Finally, there was  a meeting with Archbishop and Ivano-Frankivsk's Metropolitan.

The Ukrainian Mission III.

Food distribution (photo: Caritas Olomouc).

Members of the Caritas Czech Republic continue with the Ukrainian mission in Olomouc. An article is available about the visit to Lopatyn, where Olesya Župnik and her mother help people in need. ACHO also one of the donors to the foundation “Children in Need” which provides children with meals, clothes and school equipment.

The Ukrainian Mission II.

Participants of the mission (photo: ACHO).

Workers of Archdiocesan Caritas of Olomouc are in Ukraine. The Participants of the journey: Director Vaclav Keprt, Chief of Humanitarian Department Martin Zamazal, and Coordinator of Huumanitarian Help Rostislav Strojvus met with representatives of Caritas Kiev and president of Caritas Ukraine.

Life on Ukraine’s frontline

Life on Ukraine’s frontline

“The only thing that survived was the icon,” said to Patrick Nicholson of Caritas Internationalis Valentyna Dzyhim, a 79 years old grandmother who lives in Chermalyk, a village on the frontline of Ukraine’s civil war. In the ruins of her house, she holds the icon, of the Madonna and Child, a family heirloom dating back to the 19th Century. Read more on caritas.org.

Caritas on Ukraine's frontline

Workers of Caritas Ukraine

Caritas Ukraine provides humanitarian aid in Ukraine and helps civilians in combat zones. You can see video of the frontline trip here.

Caritas has distributed food packages to people in conflict-affected areas in Ukraine

Woman waiting to the food package.

Since 15 October 2015, humanitarian worker P. Rostislav Strojvus has been operating in the Donbas region where a gunshot fire was still heard only a few days ago. As a part of his surveillance journey, he was involved in the delivery of the latest food packages to the people affected by armed conflict in Ukraine. Thanks to the joint efforts of Archdiocesan Caritas Olomouc and Diocesan Caritas Ostrava-Opava, a total number of 440 hygiene kits and food packages, each worth 41 EUR, were given to people in need.