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Together with Romania and UNHCR, Japan provides crucial support for people displaced by the invasion in Ukraine

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes an airlift, supported by the Government of Japan, to bring crucial support to people who were forced to flee their homes. The Government of Japan is a long-standing UNHCR partner.

Since the start of the invasion, governments, the private sector, municipalities, communities and people around the world have stepped up to help respond to this crisis. The Government of Japan has generously responded to UNHCR’s call for assistance, by providing air transport to bring UNHCR’s core relief items to Romania and to Poland, from where they will be transported onwards to Ukraine. This adds to the already generous contribution to UNHCR to respond to the humanitarian needs inside Ukraine and outside – in refugee receiving countries.

As humanitarian needs continue to rise, this critical support from the Government of Japan will enable UNHCR to provide internally displaced people in Ukraine with basic essentials including blankets, kitchen sets, plastic sheeting, and solar lamps. The Government of Romania facilitates the transit through the country of valuable assistance to those affected by this tragedy.

“This support from the Government of Japan allows UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency to reach the most vulnerable inside Ukraine. As the invasion continues, support from the partners like the Government of Romania and the Government of Japan remains critical for UNHCR to reach those in need”, said Pablo Zapata, UNHCR Representative in Romania.

“In addition to the already announced USD 200 million emergency humanitarian assistance in Ukraine and neighboring countries by the Government of Japan, we are very pleased to be able to cooperate with Romania and UNHCR in this way, as well. This joint operation symbolizes the collaboration among Japan, Romania, and UNHCR. Romania proves the proverb; “a friend in need is a friend indeed”, said Hiroshi Ueda, Ambassador of Japan to Romania.

The airlift is one of several airlifts supported by the Government of Japan to Romania and to Poland. This support comes to UNHCR in addition to a vital and much appreciated contribution of USD 40.1m and other core relief items provided by the people of Japan for Ukraine and its neighboring countries that have so generously opened their doors to Ukrainians fleeing the conflict.

As of 13 May, Romania has welcomed over 900,000 refugees from Ukraine, with some 90,000 choosing to remain in the country.

In less than 12 weeks, the invasion forced one-third of Ukraine’s population to flee their homes. This is the largest human displacement crisis in the world today. Some 8 million people have been displaced internally within Ukraine and some 13 million people are estimated to be stranded in affected areas or unable to leave. Inside Ukraine, many people who are trapped are unable to meet their basic needs including food, water, and medicines. The delivery of life-saving aid remains challenging, with a lack of safe humanitarian access. UNHCR and partners continue to strive to reach hard-hit areas with life-saving assistance as part of inter-agency convoys.



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