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Ukraine: An Unprecedented, Unfolding Refugee Crisis

As the world watches images and videos streamed by Ukrainian citizens sheltering and fighting for their lives, the largest scale humanitarian crisis in Europe since WWII is unfolding. Food and gas shortages, mass infrastructure destruction, military advances, inaccessible banking and more continues to create a highly complex environment for survival. With each night of bombing comes fresh waves of refugees attempting to travel through an ever-shifting security environment to the Western borders of Ukraine.  For those who do reach border processing after days of travel, they are met by welcoming, yet grappling host countries. The influx requires both high-level governmental strategy as well as the immediate attention of aid groups and heroic citizens to provide refugee basic needs: food, shelter, clothing and health care. While the Ukrainian refugee needs are unprecedented as a result of the invasion, organizations and individuals with extensive experience and sheer will are rising to assist in the evacuation and resettlement occurring right now.

LYNC: Responding Immediately with an Evacuation Network in Place

When first invasion and subsequent occupation of Crimea and Eastern Ukraine occurred in 2014, it was the Ukrainian people who suffered immediately, as it is today. Wade Kusack, Founder of Love Your Neighbor Community (LYNC) , saw the devastation firsthand. He, together with Ukrainian hero and author Serhii Kosiak, mobilized humanitarian networks immediately, creating survival networks for heating wood, food and evacuation post-bombing. The work continues today. 

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1200 refugees accepted and resettled in Germany

Beginning February 24th, the first full day after Russia began the invasion, LYNC initiated its first evacuation from Kyiv of a single mother, Inga, and her two children. Through an in-country network, the family was transported to an identified safe checkpoint and onto the border. A LYNC associate then picked them up at the border while arrangements were being made for Inga and the dozens of others who comes through LYNC’s direct evacuation process. The second group of 10 stranded students in Kharkiv were rescued from their unsafe shelter on the heaviest morning of bombing and taken to the train station where they board the train and are currently en route to the next of safe havens and on through Poland.

Today, we are at 1200 refugees accepted and resettled in Germany. Our Ukrainian Help Center is the epicenter of all we are doing: starting with registrations, finding housing and offering psychological assistance to new arrivals. There are now no more places in our locations in Gorlitz and Bautzen- We have stretched as far as we can stretch and placed people everywhere that they can fit! Yet, the next bus will be filled with refugees from Mariupol. When one of our team member told the new arrivals that no more bombs would fly over their heads, many people began to cry nervously.

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