Chermalyk Village, eastern Ukraine: Nataliia holds her five-year-old daughter Liuba in her arms. Photo: Yevhen Maloteka/OCHA Ukraine
OTTAWA, 28 FEBRUARY 2022 – In response to the escalation of conflict in Ukraine, leading Canadian aid agencies-through the Humanitarian Coalition-are launching an appeal to raise funds and rush emergency assistance to people in need.
With numbers expected to rise, the UN Office for Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA) has confirmed 376 civilian casualties, including 94 deaths.
As of 27 February, at least 368,000 people have already fled Ukraine, searching for safety in neighbouring countries: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova.
The escalation of conflict in Ukraine comes amidst a surge of COVID-19 cases in the country, where the number of active cases surged by 555% between 15 January and 25 February.
Approximately 2.9 million people were already in need of humanitarian assistance before the escalation of conflict, a figure which is expected to rise exponentially.
Humanitarian Coalition members and their local partners will be responding to the crisis in Ukraine by providing emergency assistance to affected families.
Richard Morgan, executive director of the Humanitarian Coalition, says, “We are deeply saddened by this escalating conflict, and our hearts go out to the people of Ukraine, both there and here at home in Canada. We call on all Canadians to do what they can to bring swift humanitarian assistance to the thousands of families caught up in this crisis.”
The following agencies are members of the Humanitarian Coalition: Action Against Hunger, Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Canadian Lutheran World Relief, CARE Canada, Doctors of the World, Humanity & Inclusion, Islamic Relief Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan International Canada, Save the Children, World Vision Canada.
Canadians can give to Ukrainian emergency relief at www.humanitariancoalition.ca or by calling 1-855-461-2154.
CARE has spokespeople available. For media inquiries, please contact:Media Relations
For more information about the Humanitarian Coalition or to request an interview:Marg Buchanan
About CARE Canada:
Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization working around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty, and achieve social justice. CARE puts women and girls at the centre of our work because we know we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. CARE develops solutions alongside women and girls to lift themselves, their families, and communities out of poverty and out of crisis. CARE works in over 100 countries around the world.
To learn more about CARE Canada, visit www.care.ca.
About the Humanitarian Coalition:
The Humanitarian Coalition brings together 12 leading aid organizations to provide Canadians with a simple and effective way to help during large-scale humanitarian emergencies.
To learn more about the Humanitarian Coalition, visit www.humanitariancoalition.ca