By CARE's Emergency Response Team | CARE's Writing Team
As Europe braces itself for a harsh winter, targeted attacks have destroyed more than 50% of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. Millions of people are living in damaged homes or makeshift shelters, leaving them incredibly vulnerable. On average, winter temperatures in Ukraine remain below freezing for months at a time and can reach as low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit. Snow has already begun to fall, leaving many families with no choice but to leave their homes – some for the second time this year. Since February, approximately7.8 million Ukrainians have sought refuge in neighboring countries, and another 6.5 million people have been internally displaced within Ukraine. As a result of this conflict, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that 17.7 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and protection.
After nearly a year of conflict, the crisis in Ukraine has had both deep and widespread impacts around the world. The trauma of continued displacement, loss of livelihoods and access to markets, and exposure to conflict has taken a toll on the people of Ukraine. Children have been robbed of their childhoods and education, as their parents struggle to ensure their family’s survival. In neighboring countries, influxes of refugees have created challenges for public infrastructure and resources that had already been drained by years of the COVID-19 pandemic. The impacts do not end there. Before this year, Ukraine had been one of the top three grain exporters in the world. As far away as Somalia, farmers are feeling the impacts of the crisis as Russian and Ukrainian fertilizer, fuel and grain exports have been cut off.
In anticipation of a harsh winter and new wave of refugee families, CARE and our partners are providing life-saving assistance and critical psychosocial support to people affected by war and displacement. In Ukraine, CARE’s teams will provide families and individuals with warm clothes and fuel or cash to help people prepare for what is expected to be Ukraine’s worst winter in 30 years.
Read CARE's five-page report on how "Displacement is on the rise as Ukraine prepares for worst winter in 30 years."
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