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Foundation for Health and Environment Protection "Region Karpat"

NGO Directory, 27 October 2011

Address:
3 Michurina
89600 Mukachevo, Zakarpattya
Ukraine

Tel: +380 3131 32 122
Fax: +380 3131 31 450
Email: info@neeka.org
Web: www.neeka.org

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Displacement, Disability and Uncertainty in Ukraine

To date, around 275,500 people have been displaced by fighting in Ukraine. They include some who live with disability, including Viktoria, aged 41, and her husband, Aleksandr, 40, who both have cerebral palsy. Life is difficult enough under normal circumstances for the couple, who also have two sons; 20-year-old Dima, and Ivan aged 19 months. Now it has become a real struggle.

At the end of July, shelling in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk forced Viktoria and Aleksandr to flee to the neighbouring Kharkiv region. It wasn't long before Viktoria's medication ran out. In a desperate bid to help, Aleksandr called the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, which found them transportation and accommodation in Kharkiv.

From there, they were taken to the Promotei Summer Camp, located near the town of Kupiansk. The forest, fresh air and a lake near the camp offered a perfect setting to spend the summer. But, like 120 other internally displaced people (IDP) living there, all Viktoria and Aleksandr could think about was home. They had hoped to return by the Autumn. But it soon came and went.

Today, it is still not safe to go back to Donetsk. Moreover, the camp has not been prepared for the coming winter and the administration has asked people to leave by October 15. Neither Viktoria nor Aleksandr know where they and their young son can go next. The following photographs of the couple and their youngest child were taken by Emine Ziyatdinova.

Displacement, Disability and Uncertainty in Ukraine

Ukraine: Sorting through the Wreckage

Conflict has changed the city of Sloviansk in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. "We used to have such a beautiful, calm, tidy city," says Angelina, a social worker. Today, it is full of destroyed homes and infrastructure, a casualty of the fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian forces. More than half of the inhabitants - some 70,000 people - fled the city during the combat earlier this year. In recent weeks, with the city back under government control, some 15,000 have returned. But they face many challenges. Maria, aged 80, returned to a damaged home and sleeps in the kitchen with her family. She worries about getting her pension. The UN refugee agency has transported several tons of hygiene items and kitchen equipment to the city for distribution to those who lost their homes. Photojournalist Iva Zimova recently accompanied UNHCR staff as they visited more than 100 families to give put aid.

Ukraine: Sorting through the Wreckage

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Ukraine: Destroyed Town

Nikishino is a town of 900 people on the frontline in Ukraine. Fighting here was so intense that only four people were able to stay in Nikishino from August until the ceasefire in mid-February.
Ukraine: Escape to KyivPlay video

Ukraine: Escape to Kyiv

Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine has brought destruction and displacement to the towns of Debaltseve, Avdiivka and Svitlodar. Liubov, pictured, recalls the terror experienced by her family.
Ukraine: Displaced from homePlay video

Ukraine: Displaced from home

In the southern region of Ukraine, near the city of Mariupol, a number of small villages found themselves under attack. Homes were destroyed and for some elderly people staying in their homes was no longer possible.