Russia's invasion of Ukraine threatens to exacerbate the country's ongoing humanitarian crisis, forcing families from their homes in search of safety. Now entering its seventh month, the conflict in Ukraine has already taken a heavy toll, with over 2.9 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and 1.5 million displaced from their homes.
The conflict in Ukraine continues to escalate, resulting in massive displacement and destruction not seen in Europe since World War II. Some 15.7 million people inside Ukraine need humanitarian assistance, including 2.1 million children. More than 6.3 million people are displaced within the war-torn country, and approximately 5.5 million have registered for temporary protection in neighboring countries.
Within Ukraine, CARE and our partners seek to reach 400,000 people nationwide, focusing on hard-to-reach communities with high numbers of IDPs. Our response focuses on providing food parcels or cash and vouchers to purchase food and other needed items; sexual and reproductive health services; protection services and GBV prevention; shelter; and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). To deliver this assistance, CARE is working with 10 partners across Ukraine.
In addition to disrupting food supplies in the region, the conflict significantly impacts global food security. For decades, Ukraine has been the breadbasket of the Global South. Ukrainian and Russian grains provide more than one-third of the wheat imported by 45 African and least-developed countries. A global hunger crisis looms for an estimated 861 million people in 92 countries facing hunger and insufficient food consumption.