1 July 2014

Ukraine evacuation: SOS families in Lugansk relocate for safety



(07/01/2014) Five SOS families, with a total of 20 children, have been relocated to safer locations in Ukraine after being evacuated from the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk. It is not clear when they will be able to return home.
There are a total of six SOS families in Lugansk, including two foster families. One of the foster families still remains in Lugansk. Preparations are being made for their possible evacuation this week.
Lyudmila, an SOS Children’s Villages co-worker in Ukraine, says of the families who have already been relocated: “They are living in rented private houses or flats; some have their own houses. At the moment everything is fine.”
Safety was the main criterion in choosing the families’ new accommodations. “The places are quite far [from Lugansk] and strategically there is nothing interesting for the fighters,” says Lyudmila. “One of the families is now in Kharkiv, and others are even further away from the city of Lugansk in a region to which it is very unlikely the fighting will spread.”
The SOS families will remain in their new locations at least until September.
“At the moment we cannot exclude the possibility that the children will have to go to school there as well,” said Lyudmila. “Our partners, the local social services, are helping the families."
The SOS family strengthening program continues to function in Lugansk, offering basic supplies and medical help to children and families who have stayed in the city.
“Everybody is hoping that the negotiations between the conflicting parties will have a positive result,” says Lyudmila.

To speak to a SOS representative about the Ukraine crisis, contact Stephanie Rendon at srendon@sos-usa.org