June 6, 2018

In Photos: Internally Displaced People in Ukraine

Written by The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)

For four years, armed conflict has consumed eastern Ukraine. Civilians continue to be killed and injured, and critical civilian infrastructure is routinely targeted and damaged. Today, 3.4 million Ukrainians urgently require humanitarian assistance and protection. Almost 1.5 million of them have been internally displaced.

A young Ukrainian girl and a small boy stand in a cramped house. Text overlay that reads, "After four years of conflict in East Ukraine, 1.5 million men, women and children are displaced across the country."

A group of older Ukrainian men and women standing in a queue. A text overlay that reads, "With over a million crossings per month of the 'contact line,' dividing East Ukraine, ordinary men, women and children are forced to take risk of shelling and mine contamination to access social services and maintain family ties."


An elderly Ukrainian man sits in a kitchen, looking off to the left, with a stack of empty bowls next to him. A text overlay reads, "Protracted internal displacement = 1.5 million IDPs are challenged when accessing housing, livelihoods and critical social services."


A woman with blonde hair stands in a room holding a toddler. A small girl stands next to her, resting her head on the woman's hip. A text overlay reads, "After four years of conflict in East Ukraine, 1.5 million IDPs are forced to make impossible choices whether they can eat, access healthcare and send their children to school."


A man kneels on the snow-covered ground near a field of trees. He is holding what looks to be a metal detector. There is an out-of-focus red sign in the foreground that has a skull and crossbones on it. A text overlay reads, "Almost 2 million people in East Ukraine face constant threat from mines and explosive hazards."


An elderly man sits in a chair with leg in a cast elevated on a chair. An older woman with a flowered scarf around her head sits to his left. A text overlay reads, "Highest proportion of elderly affected by conflict in the world."


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