Ukraine – The appeal of the Ukrainian Salesians after two years of war: "Do not forget about us"

28 February 2024

(ANS – Kyiv) – Alina fled with her three children from Zuivka, Eastern Ukraine, in the early hours of 24 February 2022, when a new war had just broken out in the heart of Europe. “It took us a day and a half to get to Kyiv and for months we lived with some relatives” Alina recalls. Nine months ago they moved and settled in "Mariapolis", the Salesian city of prefabricated modules built in Lviv. A city that hosts almost a thousand people in small homes. However, the war is also felt in this part of western Ukraine. "There are frequent power blackouts to save electricity or due to anti-missile alarms" explains the young mother.

"Mariapolis" is one of the projects that the Salesians have been carrying out since the beginning of the war, to provide displaced people there with daily food, fuel for kitchens, appliances, logistical support... and to instill hope in the needy population. Another of the key projects concerns support in the face of the cold of winter, together with that to guarantee children's access to education, through the construction of safe shelters in educational centres.

In total, in these two years of conflict, thanks to the solidarity of many people, the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid alone, "Misiones Salesianas" has sent more than 1.5 million euro in support of 30 projects from which more than 16,000 people have directly benefited.

According to the most up-to-date estimates, two years of war have caused more than 10,000 civilian deaths, including nearly 600 children, and more than 18,000 injuries. In addition, about 200,000 soldiers were killed and 400,000 were wounded on both sides.

No one is safe in Ukraine. 736 days have passed since the beginning of the Russian invasion and most of the population continues to suffer the consequences of a conflict that has so far left more than 13.3 million displaced people - most of them refugees in neighbouring countries - and almost half of the population - 18 million people - in need of emergency aid to survive.

The Salesians continue to help and be at the side of the displaced population in Ukraine and refugees in neighbouring countries, offering basic necessities, housing, and education in emergency situations, health and psychosocial assistance and the transfer of the elderly to safer areas. "We will continue to be at the side of the population, trying to help and accompany them in everything they need. Thanks to the solidarity of the Salesian Family from all over the world, we have been facing the emergency for two years; therefore, we only hope that the people who help us do not get tired of doing so or forget about us because we still need help and, above all, we want peace to come ", comments Fr Mykhaylo Chaban, Salesian Superior of the Mary Help of Christians Vice-Province in Ukraine.



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