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Humanitarian aid to Ukraine is decreasing while the need is growing

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Ukraine’s need for humanitarian aid is constantly increasing, but the international contributions have become “less frequent and less predictable”, warns special envoy Karolina Lindholm Billing from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Illustration photo: Kherson military administration / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 21.05.2024 01:09:31

Policy: The High Commissioner’s special envoy Karolina Lindholm Billing warned on Monday of an increasingly worsening situation in the country, where over four million have already been displaced, including “some very, very vulnerable people”.

– There are far fewer resources for humanitarian assistance, while the development means that the need is actually growing. And it is the most vulnerable who are hit hardest by reduced funding and support, says Lindholm Billing.

In an interview with the AFP news agency, she says that international attention to Ukraine has decreased over time.

During the first quarter, the international community had covered only around 15 per cent of the need, while the proportion was around 30 per cent at the same time last year, Lindholm Billing says.

While the conflict has developed into what she calls an ultramarathon, the cash contributions, other humanitarian contributions, as well as housing aid, house repairs and psychosocial support have now become “less frequent and less predictable”, she says.

At the same time, she says that until Sunday around 10,300 had been evacuated from the border areas, and that the evacuation is still ongoing.

– Those who still live in these border areas are usually older, she reminds and says that many of those who flee are struggling with trauma and shock and only have a few possessions with them, which they carry in a plastic bag.

The UN’s plans for this year imply a need for 3.1 billion dollars, including 599 million for UNHCR. The total amount corresponds to NOK 33 billion at today’s exchange rate.

She highlights the impact of Russia’s ongoing offensive around the big city of Kharkiv, where countless civilians are often without basic services such as electricity. and water supply.

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