UNHCR staff prepare to assist refugees from Ukraine at the Palanca border crossing in Moldova from where they will be transferred to Romania. The governments of Moldova and Romania, supported by UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration have implemented the transfer of people fleeing Ukraine from southern Moldova to Romania.
As part of ongoing efforts to foster complementarity amongst different protection partners on the ground, UNHCR has been implementing various innovative approaches to organizing, providing, and uniting aid across Ukraine’s neighbouring countries.
-Follow the “Blue Dots”-
“Blue Dots” are one-stop safe spaces established by UNHCR and UNICEF, where children, families and other vulnerable people fleeing Ukraine can access life-saving protection services provided by different protection partners such as psychological aid, children playroom, breastfeeding facility, social welfare support, and legal counselling, etc. Already, 10 “Blue Dots” hubs are in operation across Poland, Moldova and Romania. An additional 20 “Blue Dots” are opening soon.
Since 90% of Ukrainian refugees are women and children, UNHCR launched a ‘Stay Safe’ campaign to raise awareness about gender-based violence and trafficking. Rolled out across the region and featuring posters, leaflets, online messages and tips for people on the move, its messages reached almost 870,000 people through social media within a single week alone.
From everywhere across Europe and beyond, people like Dr. Anthony Ezerioha – who studied medicine in Ukraine and now practices medicine in Germany – have been flocking to Poland where most Ukrainian refugees live. Whether helping the sick like Dr. Ezerioha or serving food in makeshift camps, they too stand with Ukrainian refugees.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on 14 December 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee issues. It strives to ensure that everyone has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, with the option to voluntarily return home when conditions are conducive for return, integrate locally or resettle to a third country. UNHCR has twice won the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1954 for its ground-breaking work in helping the refugees of Europe, and in 1981 for its worldwide assistance to refugees.