- The UN estimates that 12 million people inside Ukraine will need relief and protection, while more than four million Ukrainian refugees may need protection and assistance in neighbouring countries in coming months.
- Most of those fleeing are women and children, the elderly and the sick. Most are leaving with the few possessions they can carry.
- Those left behind face an uncertain future. People are living with no food, no water, no heat, no electricity. They need urgent respite from violence and humanitarian assistance.
- Despite the heart wrenching stories and distressing pictures coming out of Ukraine, there are practical ways in which we can all help to show solidarity and support with those most affected
You can find information about responding to the Ukraine crisis in Suffolk on the Diocesan website HERE
We recognise that there are particular challenges for supporting reguees of any nationality in rural areas of Suffolk where transport and amenities may be less accessible. Helen and Natalie (pictured below) lead one of the first Suffolk hubs in support of Ukrainian refugees outside Ipswich. As part of our LoveRural initiative, Lightwave have started to gather particular resources which will help refugees being hosted in rural areas together with hosts and supportive village community groups HERE and we post information on the LoveRural Facebook page