Credit: Luxembourg Red Cross

On Thursday 8 December 2022, the Luxembourg Red Cross announced that it has supported more than 670,000 people affected by the war in Ukraine since conflict broke out earlier this year.

As part of its emergency response to the conflict in Ukraine, the Luxembourg Red Cross has reached a symbolic threshold in terms of how many people it has helped so far: 670,000 people, which is the equivalent of the population of Luxembourg, and this number continues to rise.

Over the past nine months, the Luxembourg Red Cross intervened both inside and outside Ukraine to meet the needs of the population affected by the conflict.

In order to guarantee access to health care, the Luxembourg Red Cross has provided nearly 57 tonnes of medical equipment and repair materials to hospitals and emergency services. The non-profit humanitarian organisation has distributed hundreds of thousands of foodstuffs and hygiene kits to the population. Field teams are also providing support for the reconstruction of medical facilities, collective centres and homes.

Since Moldova is one of the poorest countries in the region hosting refugees, the Luxembourg Red Cross also supported the Moldovan Red Cross. A total of 670,000 people have benefitted from Red Cross aid in Ukraine and Moldova.

We have reached this symbolic number of beneficiaries. This means that, for every Luxembourg resident, we helped a Ukrainian. And this in particular thanks to the donations of our generous donors,” said Rémi Fabbri, Director of Humanitarian Aid for the Luxembourg Red Cross.

The Luxembourg Red Cross clarified that there is still a need for humanitarian aid, especially following the recent bombings in Ukraine, which left a majority of the population without electricity and in difficulty accessing running water.

In response to these challenges, the humanitarian actions of the Luxembourg Red Cross in Ukraine focus on health, access to water and housing infrastructure. The focus measures concern the rehabilitation of hospitals and collective centres for internally displaced persons, the supply of medical equipment, the supply of water and auxiliary heating as well as the supply of equipment to repair housing. The aim of these projects is to protect vulnerable people against the rigors of winter and to guarantee minimum sanitary comfort.

We are planning our first distributions of 90 tonnes of briquettes for the residents of Nikolavka in the Donetsk region and we hope that security will be lenient to guarantee beneficiaries a warm Christmas and New Year,” explained Myriam Jacoby, who is in charge of activities in Ukraine within Humanitarian Aid.

In Luxembourg, welcoming and supporting refugees is also at the centre of the work of the Luxembourg Red Cross. Every day, its employees and volunteers mobilise to find accommodation solutions, offer psychological support and material assistance or even reunite separated family members. More than 2,200 people have benefitted from emergency reception and received basic necessities in Luxembourg. Due to the solidarity of the population, several hundred Ukrainian refugees have been able to find a home either in family reception centres or in housing provided by individuals.