Due to hostilities in its Eastern regions, Ukraine has experienced a humanitarian crisis and an immense internal displacement of people fleeing conflict-affected areas of the country. As a result, more than 1,6 million people have registered as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. On the whole, the situation of IDPs is precarious although institutions, international organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have promoted projects to support them.
“Human Faces of Conflicts” would like to share the story of a 2016 pilot project “A place to call home”, which supported an IDP family from Donetsk (East Ukraine) to find shelter in Zhytomir (West Ukraine). The project was developed by Ukraine Orphan Outreach – an American NGO reaching out Ukrainian orphans, refugees and families in need – in partnership with the Samaritan Ministries in Ukraine – an international religious NGO based in Zhytomir. Thanks to the project, volunteers in the hosting community helped the IDP family to build a house, provided basic households items and is being supportive to a family who lost everything and experienced such distress and trauma. Their video (see below in English and Russian with English subtitles) shows the importance of the help provided by the hosting community to the IDP family and contributes to raise awareness on IDPs situation in Ukraine.