Nina, 25, fled Ukraine when the bombing began.
On June 20th, we commemorated World Refugee Day, where we honored the millions of people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes and seek shelter in new and unfamiliar places.
People become refugees for many different reasons. Some, like Nina, a jewelry designer from Odessa, Ukraine, flee due to conflict and war.
When the bombing began, Nina fled Ukraine with her mother and sister, sharing only a single suitcase between them. It took Nina and her family nine long hours to make it into the city of Lasi in Romania. Once she was settled in a refugee camp, Nina began to help other refugees find accommodation and resources.
She shared with us, "When they realize I'm Ukrainian, their faces light up. The other day I played a soccer game with the children, and it was impressive to see their smiles. I never imagined I would become a refugee. Nor that I could help others in this way.”
We believe in advocating for fair policies that ensure a just world for all. That is why in each of these situations, ActionAid is present, working to ensure that the most vulnerable among us are protected, supported, and empowered.
We strive to meet basic needs through the distribution of food, sanitary supplies, and hygiene kits for women and girls. And we guarantee longer-term support by creating safe spaces for women, offering counselling for survivors of gender-based violence, and providing resilience trainings so that women can lead their communities as only they know how.
We’re grateful, as always, for your continued dedication to human rights.