Chisinau, Moldova 13 January 2023: The United States of America and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today handed over 32 vehicles to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova to strengthen the government’s capacity to respond to the ongoing refugee emergency.
Since the war began in Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has mobilized its workforce to receive refugees efficiently, safely and humanely, while maintaining their normal duties serving the people of Moldova. To increase the General Police Inspectorate’s mobility and monitoring capacity, the generous support of the United States of America allowed UNHCR to provide 32 vehicles to the General Police Inspectorate.
“The Ministry continues to work on improving the working conditions of subdivision and employees, which will result in better service and protection for the people of Moldova and refugees residing in the country. We appreciate the support from our international partners”, said Ana Revenco, Minister of Internal Affairs.
The United States has been supporting the humanitarian response to the refugee situation in Moldova through the efforts of the United Nations and UNHCR.
“The United States is committed to partnering with the people and the government of Moldova to address immediate challenges and build a democratic, prosperous, and secure future. These vehicles are only our latest demonstration of that commitment,” said Ambassador of the United States Kent Logsdon.
UNHCR is supporting the Government of Moldova to strengthen its emergency preparedness and social protection capacities to ensure the safe and legal stay of refugees in the country.
“Ensuring that both refugees and local communities get the help they need is our top priority,” said Francesca Bonelli UNHCR Representative in Moldova. “The United States provides essential support to this work. We are grateful for this concrete show of solidarity with the Moldovan people and the refugees they have received so warmly here.”
Since March 2022, the Republic of Moldova has received over 667,913 arrivals and currently hosts over 102,016 refugees from Ukraine. A substantial number of those who remain in Moldova are women, children, and elderly refugees. ©UNHCR/ S Abdulrahman
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