Two out of five families in Ukraine are in extreme need of livelihoods and basic items with the country now experiencing unprecedented rates of displacement, inflation and unemployment.
More than 40 per cent of households reported of struggling to meet day-to-day needs of food, water, and basic supplies, said the Save the Children. This number rises to 60 per cent in the East and South areas affected by heavy fighting, the organization said in their new study. .
The National Bank of Ukraine assessed an inflation rate of 25% last month. The assessment was based on cost of produce growing by half in the eastern regions. Back in September, one in five consumers in Ukraine reported they could not afford items available in their stores. , the organization said.
FAR FROM HOME
TheSave the Children said that 5.3 million people still find themselves away from home in Ukraine. It sid that the need for financial assistance among displaced families is growing by the day. One out of four people in Ukraine are currently unemployed. This means many parents struggle to find sustainable work at their temporary place of residence. Some of them opt to return to their war-torn hometowns to find jobs.
Sonia Khush, Save the Children Country Director in Ukraine, said:
“The scale of need for families in Ukraine is enormous, and it keeps growing as war is plunging more and more children and parents into poverty every single day. People lose sources of income as wages across the country are ceasing and businesses continue to be closed. And this is a devastating blow to displaced families who had already lost almost everything to this war and are now on the brink of survival, struggling to live another day.
“Now, children and families in Ukraine need the humanitarian support, and the world must commit to facilitating the recovery of this generation, ensuring they can live in safety and dignity with their families but also have a future to look forward to. Children are the future of Ukraine, but their present development and futures are severely hampered by ongoing hostilities.”
Save the Children calls for full, unhindered humanitarian access to families caught up in the crisis. They called for help regardless of where the families are, particularly to those living in areas affected by armed hostilities. Ukraine donors should start planning for early recovery where possible.