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Ukraine appeal launched as emergency response team deployed to assist refugees
Concern Worldwide today launched a public appeal for funding as it deployed an emergency response team to support the people of Ukraine.
“Right now, our team are on the ground in the region assessing the huge humanitarian needs. More than 660,000 people have fled Ukraine in the last week, and thousands more are on the move,” Concern CEO Dominic MacSorley said.
“Families, including many with small children, are fleeing with whatever clothes and food they can carry, in bitterly cold conditions, often facing huge queues to reach safety,” he said.
Concern’s emergency response team are currently assessing the humanitarian needs along the Ukraine borders with Poland, and plan to assess the situation along the borders with Romania and Moldova in the coming days.
They will work with national authorities, the United Nations, local non-government organisations, and Concern’s partners in the Alliance2015 group of NGOs to respond.
“The majority of refugees are currently crossing into Poland putting huge pressure on existing reception centres,” according to Concern’s Head of Emergency Operations, Ros O’Sullivan who is leading the assessment team in Poland.
Concern has extensive experience of dealing with refugee crises around the world, including humanitarian responses in Europe, most recently responding to the crisis in Kosovo and Albania in 1999.
“Humanitarian needs are escalating as hundreds of thousands seek safety across borders. With the support of the Irish public, we are there to help those in need,” Mr MacSorley said. “We urge you to support our appeal for funding in any way you can.”
To donate to Concern’s Ukraine Crisis appeal visit: https://www.concern.net/donate/ukraine-crisis-appeal
For media queries contact Eamon Timmins, Media Relations Manager, Concern Worldwide, by email email@example.com or 087 9880524
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