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Published on January 26th, 2018 | by Georgia Archonti

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With Winter Coming, UN Migration Agency Helps Families in Eastern Ukraine Survive

Temperatures in the non-government-controlled areas (NGCA) of the Donetsk Region, Eastern Ukraine, are set to drop as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius this winter. Security challenges in the region and the harsh socio-economic situation close to the contact line and in remote impoverished districts of NGCA, mean many vulnerable families cannot maintain a safe temperature in their residences. IOM, the UN Migration Agency this week (18/12) started distributing coal to people in need in the region.

IOM will deliver coal to 3,800 vulnerable low-income families in Donetsk NGCA, including the elderly, persons with disabilities or chronic diseases, single-headed households and families with three or more children. Each beneficiary household will receive three tons of high quality anthracite coal, which should be sufficient to cover their heating needs for the entire winter.

“I lost my only son many years ago and now I live with my husband, who is bedridden… there is just the two of us,” said Valentyna, the first of several thousand beneficiaries, who will receive IOM’s support in the next weeks. The 82-year-old former teacher lives in the outskirts of Vuhlehirsk, a small village located between Horlivka and Debaltseve, close to the contact line. “We are originally from Luhansk, spent many years in Yenakieve, and upon retiring decided to move to this small village, since the cost of living was cheaper here. And then the war started right in front of our house,” said Valentyna.

Though heavily affected by the hostilities, Vuhlehirsk and its inhabitants received less humanitarian aid than the two big neighbouring cities. “Grandpa and I have never received any support since the beginning of the conflict,” added Valentyna.

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