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What the conflict in Ukraine means for food security

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Millions of people are being impacted by the conflict in Ukraine - these impacts are also being felt by people thousands of kilometres away. For some countries already facing food insecurity, the interruption to the food supply chain will be devastating.

Two Red Cross members passing boxed food to each other

A day at Gara de Nord: Supporting refugees from Ukraine during their journey

Romanian Red Cross team members helping people at the border of Ukraine

The Gara de Nord train station in Bucharest is a busy place; it’s Romania’s main rail connection point with the rest of Europe. Since the escalation of the crisis in Ukraine, thousands of people fleeing the conflict have passed through this station. The Romanian Red Cross with its partners runs a quiet refuge in the midst of the bustle, a place for women and children to wait for connecting trains or other travel onward.

Romanian Red Cross team members helping people at the border of Ukraine

Red Cross in action: How we are reaching people in Ukraine and surrounding countries

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In times of humanitarian crisis, finding accurate details and facts can be challenging in a sea of information. Both misinformation and disinformation can put our Red Cross staff, volunteers, and the people we seek to help at risk. Here’s how the Red Cross is helping on the ground in Ukraine and surrounding region.

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Tapping into local expertise to help people impacted by the conflict in Ukraine

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It has now been almost two months since I packed my bags and headed to Europe to support the Red Cross response to the conflict in Ukraine. I can’t help but think of the millions of people who have also had to leave their homes, under very different circumstances, unsure of what they will eventually return to. The word “millions” doesn’t do these people justice. They aren’t just some anonymous number.

A blonde woman standing in front of a convoy of supplies

Creative fundraisers: The many ways Canadians are helping those in Ukraine and surrounding countries

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Here are some amazing examples of how people across Canada have been moved to help in creative ways, using their interests and passions to raise money to help those affected by the conflict in Ukraine.

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How two Canadian Red Cross nurses supported Alberta's COVID-19 response

A man in mask and gloves administering a shot to the arm of a person.

After 38 years as a registered nurse, George Rudancyz came out of retirement to help the Canadian Red Cross COVID-19 response. 
"I have extensive training in critical care that I should not just hold back,” says Rudancyz, explaining his decision. “I just want to help. I am glad to help. I should offer my time and skill to others."

A man in mask and gloves administering a shot to the arm of a person.

Ukraine conflict: Red Cross provides much-needed support to people leaving the country

A Red Cross member taking the blood pressure of a man who is sitting down

Canadian Kathy Mueller is currently working with the International Federation of Red Cross Societies as communications coordinator for the Ukraine humanitarian crisis; here, she shares her experiences.

A Red Cross member taking the blood pressure of a man who is sitting down

Coping with crisis: What’s in your self-care plan?  

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In the midst of crisis, it can be difficult to cope with feelings of fear, stress and anxiety. It’s common to feel sad, overwhelmed, or anxious. Sometimes, we may feel unsure of what to do to cope. Over-exposure to the news and social media can increase stress levels, which can negatively impact mental health and overall wellbeing. Taking time for self-care is important, especially in the current global climate.

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