If Russia were to invade Ukraine, it would lead to a massive humanitarian crisis in eastern Europe. The U.S. and allies must convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw his troops from Ukraine’s border.
An estimated 100,000 Russian troops are at the ready to invade Ukraine. “Our view is this is an extremely dangerous situation. We’re now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack in Ukraine,” White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said. Pope Francis has called for Jan. 26 to be a day of prayer for peace for Ukraine.
A diplomatic solution is urgently needed to prevent an escalating child hunger and refugee crisis in Ukraine. Putin’s aggression could threaten the lives of thousands of children, the charity Save the Children warned.
As the Ukraine struggles with a hunger crisis, the UN World Food Programmesays it will continue its emergency operation through June. The WFP announced it would feed more than 260,000 people affected by the ongoing conflict between the government and pro-Russian rebels.
Hunger is expected to rise during the winter months, especially among those internally displaced by the war. Since fighting erupted in 2014, more than 1.5 million have been uprooted from their homes.
WFP Ukraine director Giancarlo Stopponi says the situation has become desperate for war victims. There is no end to the fighting in sight.
Access to parts of Eastern Ukraine is also extremely difficult for humanitarians. Stopponi said this week that many Ukrainians are “either trapped by the conflict or have fled their homes, thinking they would return in a few months and are now living in difficult conditions, especially in winter when temperatures are extremely low.”
Never before had WFP operated in the Ukraine. There had never been a need. But with war comes hunger and WFP has sprung to action to help the Ukraine.
However, with emergencies taking place in Syria, South Sudan, Iraq, and Yemen resources are much harder to come by. WFP is low on funding for the Ukraine, threatening its mission. Around US $ 35 million is urgently needed by WFP to provide food parcels, vouchers and nutrition programs for children.
This holiday season there is a gathering storm of famine. El Nino related drought threatens over ten million with food shortages in Ethiopia. Millions of war victims are starving in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen.
These hunger emergencies demand the world’s attention. We can look to history for inspiration and remember America’s greatest Christmas gift.
It was 1921 in Russia and an AP journalist had just attended a mass in the town of Volsk. As he was leaving the church, the priest rushed after him. He had a message he wanted the reporter to share with America: Please send food and save us from starvation!
For the first time in months, food aid has reached Luhansk in the war-torn Eastern Ukraine. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today a 12-truck convoy arrived in Luhansk earlier this week. The trucks brought rations enough to feed 7,000 people.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said this week it’s started a distribution of food to 7,000 war victims in Eastern Ukraine. Teaming up with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the food will be given to hospital patients and students.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday its trucks had reached parts of Donetsk, Ukraine for the first time in 3 months. Food aid was delivered to areas of the city which are not under government control.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says it will be increasing the size of its relief mission in the Ukraine. Hunger continues to escalate there because of the conflict between the government and pro-Russian rebels.
The United Nations warns that its humanitarian mission in the Ukraine is in serious jeopardy due to lack of funds. The year long conflict between the government and pro-Russian rebels has caused massive displacement and disruption of basic services for civilians.