Red Cross: New cash assistance for displaced persons without regular income
As the ongoing conflict in Ukraine has forced many civilians to flee the conflict-affected areas and to seek refuge elsewhere, and as winter is approaching, the ICRC and the Ukrainian Red Cross Society are finding novel ways to help those with increasing needs, one of which is through a cash assistance program.
"There are several thousand displaced families, many of them with children, living in the east of the country, whose income is below the minimum monthly subsistence level of 1,176 Ukrainian hryvnia per person," said Dragana Rankovic, the ICRC's economic security coordinator in Ukraine, according to the ICRC press service.
"Already now these people hardly make ends meet. And it is very likely that they will face even more difficulties during the approaching cold season," said the official.
With the aim of supporting unemployed displaced people and their dependents, the ICRC reports introducing a cash assistance program, designed in close cooperation with the Ukrainian Red Cross. The pilot phase has just started in 16 districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions under Ukrainian government control. It is expected to last until the end of the year.
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