Humanitarian Crisis Happening Around the World – How can you help?
As we look on with shock and sadness at the escalating war in Ukraine, it’s sometimes hard to know how we can help the people on the ground that are suffering. Throughout all of this conflict in Eastern Europe, it’s also hard not to forget the trauma and refugee crisis developing in Afghanistan and Syria as well. If you are not sure where to contribute your donations, TIES has three critical links to organizations that have people and resources right in the country and can put your kind donations to where they count the most. Thank you for thinking of the many people who can use your help!
The crisis situation in Ukraine that escalated since the end of February following the Russian Federation’s military action in the country. The crisis has displaced an estimated 2 million people inside the country so far, and is projected to internally displace up to 6.7 million people. Over 3.2 million people from Ukraine have crossed into neighbouring countries in the region including Poland, Hungary, Moldova and others.
As the crisis continues to develop, humanitarian needs are multiplying and spreading by the hour. Of the 18 million people in Ukraine who will be impacted by the ongoing military operation, 12 million are expected to need humanitarian assistance. Prior to this recent military action, nearly 3 million people were already in need of humanitarian aid across Ukraine, including over 850,000 internally displaced people. Particularly vulnerable groups include older people and people with disabilities who may be unable to flee from high-risk areas.
The prolonged nature of the crisis has prompted intensified efforts to support Afghan refugees and the host communities in Iran and Pakistan that have generously accommodated them for over four decades. Nearly 6 million Afghans have been driven out of their homes and their country by conflict, violence and poverty. It is estimated that 85 percent of Afghan refugees are living in Pakistan and Iran, which continue to host more than 1.4 million and 780,000 registered Afghan refugees respectively.
In 2021, violence in Afghanistan intensified and spread through the country. Conflict forcibly displaced nearly 700,000 Afghans across all provinces. The impact of the conflict on women and girls has been particularly devastating – 80 percent of all forcibly displaced within Afghanistan are women and children.
As the Syria crisis enters its eleventh year, the humanitarian situation is more difficult than ever. An estimated 13 million people need humanitarian assistance and more than half of the population remains displaced from their homes – including 6.8 million refugees living in neighbouring countries and another 6.7 million internally displaced inside Syria. Women and children comprise more than two thirds of those displaced.
Over the years, Syrians have shown remarkable resilience, but as war continues, hope is fading fast. More than 70 percent of Syrian refugees are living below the poverty line and an additional one million have been pushed into poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic. In northwest Syria, flooding and outbreaks of violence have displaced tens of thousands of Syrian families since December 2019. They now live in terrible conditions amidst widespread destruction of services and economic hardship.
TIES is working closely with other immigrant-serving agencies to respond to this crisis. Following the success of the Calgary East Zone Newcomers Collaborative (CENC) COVID-19 response, CENC will use the same model to assist in the resettlement of Afghani refugees. More information will be provided as the situation develops.