Ukraine: Behind every door is a story to tell

Everyone here has a story to tell, and I want to listen to all of them. To take them with me in my heart, but also on paper and to share these stories back home, because they need to be told and they need to be listened to. It is important to raise awareness of what the people are experiencing on a daily basis, to understand their needs in order to give support where is needed and to raise the funds to help these people in need.

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Ukraine: What would you bring if you had to flee in a hurry?

A young girl sitting on a bed, holding a stuffed animal cat.

More than 13 million people have left their homes since the escalation of the war in Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Most were only able to take a few essential items with them and had to leave everything else behind. In times of uncertainty, trauma, and fear, it is sometimes the little things that give us hope and strength. Often it is something that reminds us of home.

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Ukraine: “It is terrifying when rockets fly your way”

Maria and Bohdan standing shoulder to shoulder, smiling at the camera.

The war escalated six months ago, on February 24. On February 27, the first drivers were already behind the wheel, driving to Kyiv to evacuate two families. They now drive to towns in Kharkiv, Kherson, Donetsk, Dnipropetrosvsk, Mykolaiv and Odesa—areas that are heavily affected and very dangerous.

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3 months of war in Ukraine: Voices from the frontlines

Lydia is staying at a temporary shelter in Romania after leaving southern Ukraine. CARE’s partner SERA is donating clothes and other basic items to support the center. Phot by: Lucy Beck/CARE

When the fighting in Ukraine started on February 24, 2022 it was clear that it would results in a human catastrophe. Millions of people left their homes, critical infrastructure was destroyed, whole cities were left without food, water and electricity, people lost their lives. Today, more than 6.4 million people have fled the country and over 8 million people have been displaced within Ukraine. As is often the case, women and children are more deeply affected by crisis , making up 90% of refugees and 63% of those who are displaced within Ukraine. Three months into the conflict, CARE’s staff and partners inside Ukraine and the surrounding regions share insights from the frontlines.

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5 ways women and girls are impacted by the Ukraine conflict

Women fleeing Ukraine cross the border in Medyka, on the Ukraine-Poland border, on March 2, 2022. © Adrienne Surprenant /MYOP

As with all conflicts, the crisis in Ukraine is disproportionately affecting women and girls, both within the country and those fleeing across borders. CARE has identified five key areas where more support and attention are urgently needed for women and girls affected by the crisis in Ukraine:

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