First Individual: From Afghan refugee to Ukraine support employee

Having beforehand endured battle in Afghanistan, Ali comprehended the far-reaching implications of large-scale army actions on the lives of civilians. 

Instantly after the beginning of the Ukraine struggle, Ali and his spouse, the house owners of a small clothes retailer in Odessa, started to have interaction in aid work and donate garments to individuals who had been compelled to flee their houses because of the battle,

He instructed UN Information about his work for The Tenth of April aid group which works alongside the UN Refugee Company, UNHCR, in Ukraine.

UNHCR is assisting people whose apartments were damaged by a deadly night blast in Odessa, Ukraine.

© UNHCR/Victoria Andrievska

‘Extra involved about struggle in Ukraine’

“Twenty-four years in the past, my mother and father took me and my brother and sister and moved from Afghanistan, fleeing struggle and persecution. This nation turned our new residence.

We’re extra involved and frightened in regards to the scenario in Ukraine than in Afghanistan, and we are attempting to assist as a lot as we will.

At such a second, when the nation desperately wants assist, it’s essential to get entangled, to do one thing good.

Now I work so much with individuals who undergo from shelling in Odessa oblast. We distribute humanitarian support, which is extraordinarily obligatory for the affected individuals.

With every passing day, we see an growing variety of individuals in search of help. 

I can communicate quite a few languages, so I’m able to work with The Tenth of April to assist refugees and asylum seekers who had earlier fled to Ukraine to hunt safety. I’m now engaged as a social employee and logistician.

Ali (left) has been working for the humanitarian organization The Tenth of April for more than a year.

©Tenth of April/Yuliia Marchenko

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Frontline destruction

What is occurring within the villages close to the frontline is solely horrible. Every little thing is damaged there, Homes are destroyed. Individuals barely survive there.

Gratitude in individuals’s eyes evokes me probably the most. Due to it, I neglect about tiredness. A lady, an internally displace individual from a household from Kherson, as soon as gave me a yellow-blue ribbon, which she made herself, and it touched me very a lot. Such moments are unforgettable.

Workers members of this group supported my household once we have been asylum seekers in Ukraine, I noticed how dedicated they have been to their work.

My spouse and 15-year-old son don’t need to go away Ukraine and are attempting to assist nevertheless they’ll.

Just lately, throughout the distribution of building supplies among the many residents of the home that was broken throughout the shelling in Odessa, my son went to the distribution and helped unload, and he was with me till evening.

At present, amongst my colleagues are internally displaced individuals from Kherson, from Mykolaiv. I see that they put their coronary heart into every little thing they do, and this evokes me to work as finest as attainable and do extra.”

How UNHCR helps Ukrainians

  • The UN estimates that 18 million individuals will want humanitarian help this yr. 
  • Humanitarian wants are significantly acute for internally displaced individuals who’ve been away from residence for a very long time and for individuals who have remained in frontline areas throughout the struggle.
  • The UN Refugee Company, UNHCR, cooperates with 29 companion organizations, resembling The Tenth of April, to assist individuals in want all through Ukraine.
  • With the assist of its donors, UNHCR goals to assist 3.6 million individuals in Ukraine in 2023.
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