Caritas warns that Ukraine is headed toward a humanitarian catastrophe

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25/02/2022
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It's no longer a hypothesis. Russia struck first. And Ukraine's population fears the worst.

The Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, Aloysius John, warns that tensions in the local population are sky high.

ALOYSIUS JOHN
Secretary General, Caritas Internationalis
“The situation of the people today, according to Caritas Ukraine, is that people are traumatized by the fear of the war which could happen at anytime. And for them, they do not know what to do with their children. How to take care of them and where to go are all the questions that are on their minds. In the conflict zone, there are about 2.9 million people, who are living on both sides of the contact line and are in need of humanitarian assistance and more than 1.6 million people in non-government controlled areas and they are in need also of humanitarian assistance.”

He also notes that since the conflict began in 2014, more than 14,000 people have lost their lives and some 1.5 million been forced to leave their homes.

First the Covid-19 pandemic, and now armed attacks, are fueling anguish among Ukrainians.

ALOYSIUS JOHN
Secretary General, Caritas Internationalis
“Another problem today with which Caritas Ukraine is concerned is the security situation in some areas, which is also is preventing them from bringing the needed lifesaving help. This is due to the resumption of constant shelling in some areas, and trips to the buffer zones have also been suspended today, and that is a major concern for Caritas Ukraine and for Caritas Internationalis.”

Caritas Ukraine warned in a press release that the country is looking at a humanitarian catastrophe. The organization is asking the international community to guarantee the entire population access to aid.

JRB

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