The story of Valery Hnatyuk is a terrible reflection of war. Her own apartment burned down in Severnya Saltivka back in March. Then she lost contact with her mother and grandmother in Mariupol.
Valeria Hnatiuk, a displaced person
Our apartment in Kharkov was destroyed, after two hits, everything was completely destroyed. Before plastering, now VPO. And the second problem with relatives in Mariupol Communication was lost on March 2, information was received from neighbors when it began to appear there. They went into the bomb shelter, there was a fire, my grandmother is 93 years old, she died. It is not clear with my mother, my mother was shot.
Now she lives in Meref as a resettled person. And people like her make up a third of the community here. People are unemployed, and it is impossible to find one. Therefore, they depend on humanitarian aid and psychological support.
Olena Bondarenko, specialist of the department of the Merefyan City Council
It is very necessary, because as I say, about 8,000 are only officially registered.
Some of the local residents were also left without means of livelihood. Merefu is also often shelled, businesses have closed, but people have nowhere to go.
Svitlana Ashurova, resident of Merefa
We don’t work, we were fired, but they gave us help – God bless them!
There is not enough humanitarian aid that goes through official channels. Therefore, such communities are helped by public initiatives. This time, food and hygiene kits were brought to Merefa by the “Parus” charitable foundation with the support of the Public Health Alliance.
Yuriy Petunin, employee of BF “Parus”
Our task is to help the migrants, to help people in need, our task is to collect, you see, this is not a problem, this is to help people.
Also, a representative of the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights and lawyers of the foundation came to advise the displaced people and local residents. They say that people often cannot get medical or humanitarian aid because they do not know where to turn.
Serhiy Kuzmenko, VRU Commissioner for Human Rights
If they don’t answer, they don’t react, then we can talk about a violation. If a person does not apply, but only believes that his rights have been violated, that is why at the reception we give explanations not only to local self-government bodies, but also to the authorized representative of the VRU, how to contact us at the public reception.
Community residents are asked not to hesitate to ask questions and ask for help. There are resources for this, but there is not always information about who needs what help.
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