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Relief operations continue for displaced Ukrainians

Relief operations continue for displaced Ukrainians

Relief operations continue for displaced Ukrainians

3 March 2022

Salvation Army emergency crews are working at border crossings to provide food and hygiene items to Ukrainian refugees.

By Lauren Westwood

The Salvation Army is continuing to respond rapidly to the urgent needs of displaced people who have been impacted by the unfolding Ukraine-Russia conflict.

Emergency response teams across The Salvation Army’s global network continue their tireless efforts, providing critical relief, strategic planning, and emotional support through conditions of extreme challenge and distress.
Salvationists from the Eastern Europe Territory sprang into action with initial relief operations being delivered in Moldova, Romania, and Ukraine.

The Salvation Army is supporting refugees crossing the border from Ukraine through the provision of free temporary accommodation and access to wi-fi, made possible by Salvation Army officers, staff, and the innovative employment of Salvation Army buildings and facilities. Salvationists of all ages are bolstering the efforts by preparing and distributing hot meals, drinks, and parcels containing essential items.

Salvation Army emergency teams have been sent to work at border crossings in Siret and Isaccea, alongside other agencies and individuals, providing food and hygiene items to the large influx of Ukrainian refugees. These teams have been of particular support to women, children, and older people at the Siret ferry. Assistance for displaced people is evident beyond the border work in Romania, with one mother and her two children located to safety in Budapest from the cultural capital of Iasi, solely through the aid of Salvation Army connections across Europe.

In various locations, particularly in border towns like Lviv, internally displaced people are being supported through the supply of food and non-food items. Salvation Army corps and centres, such as those in Vinnytsia and Dnipro, are ready to give help where needed. Such relief work, and other ongoing activities, is taking place on all sides of the border, with The Salvation Army in Russia providing essential items to those affected.

The wider Salvation Army emergency response is being formulated and effected across other European countries. In Poland, relief parcels are being prepared for the anticipated arrival of 100,000 Ukrainian refugees per day. Damaris Frick and Captain Matthew Beatty, of International Emergency Services (International Headquarters), are strategy-planning with colleagues on the front line. Salvation Army leadership and response teams in Slovakia and the Czech Republic are also assessing and preparing vital aid for the certain flow of displaced people, with representatives from both countries meeting together regularly.

Salvationists and friends across the international Salvation Army have responded to this crisis with an attitude of care, compassion, and concern for their brothers and sisters in Ukraine and Russia through prayer and, where possible, through financial donations.

General Brian Peddle, international leader of The Salvation Army, has contacted leaders to assure them of the deep support they have from ‘our international family’, which transcends borders and national identity.

Pray for peace in this troubled time,” the General has prompted Salvationists. “Pray for the safety of those who are fleeing and for those who are already displaced; pray that there will be adequate hospitality from neighbour countries; for faith and courage for every Christian and especially for our people; and pray for the de-escalation of the battle so that the threat to life is no longer a reality.”

Report by Lauren Westwood – IHQ Communications


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