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As Ukrainians flee, Caritas seeks to respond to emergencies and prepare for the future

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I.Media for Aleteia - published on 05/16/22 - updated on 05/16/22

Ukraine's nightmare: 14 million Ukrainians have been displaced, the cost of reconstruction is currently estimated at $600 billion, and 116 churches have been destroyed.

“The war will not end with a simple peace agreement,” Caritas officials explained. In the context of trauma that will scar millions of Ukrainians for life, local branch heads said that “souls and memories will have to be healed.” The heads of Caritas Ukraine and Caritas Spes, organizations linked to the Greek Catholic Church and the Latin Catholic Church, respectively, detailed the operations of their organizations since the Russian offensive began on February 24 in a press conference held at the headquarters of Vatican Radio on May 16.

More than 14 million people have had to leave their homes, one third of the Ukrainian population.

This war has caused population movements on a scale not seen in Europe since the end of the Second World War. More than 14 million people have had to leave their homes, one third of the Ukrainian population. As many as 1.8 million of the refugees are children, said Aloysius John, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis. Ukraine is living a “nightmare,” he said, adding that the cost of reconstruction is currently estimated at $600 billion and that 116 churches have been destroyed.

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