GOMEL, 20 January (BelTA) – The Belarusian Red Cross will continue to provide help to displaced persons from Ukraine in 2016, Secretary General of the Belarusian Red Cross Society (BRCS) Viktor Kolbanov told BelTA as he attended the general conference of the BRCS regional organization in Gomel.
According to Viktor Kolbanov, about 6,000 people who moved to Belarus from Ukraine are under special protection of the Red Cross. These are primarily retirees, people with severe disabilities, families with many children and single-parent families. Last year they all received monthly vouchers to purchase goods with the financial support of the International Committee of the Red Cross. This year, this practice will be continued with financial support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The Ukrainian citizens also receive financial support from the funds raised by Belarusians. In particular, this assistance includes medicines and treatment, clothing, some other items for personal use, transport services, and other assistance.
Some citizens who moved from Ukraine to Belarus receive more substantial assistance now. These are the people who have applied for refugee status. "These are about 300 people. For the period of review of their applications, these citizens are equated with refugees in terms of social protection. They receive substantial payments, other benefits stipulated by international standards,” said Viktor Kolbanov.
According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, since June 2014 about 150,000 internally displaced persons have come to Belarus. Mostly they came from Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.More about Society