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Marinka: humanitarian aid to civilians living on the very contact line


1,206 civilians and IDPs in Marinka received humanitarian aid from Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center. Despite the intensified hostilities, the Center’s fixed issuing point was opened in the town this week.    

"According to our volunteers, the point gathered a line of people since morning. These were mainly elderly people, single mothers raising their children alone and disabled people. There are many children staying in town, including infants. About 20 families received children packages for babies under 35 months old", – Rimma Fil, the Humanitarian Center's Coordinator, shared.

Before the military actions the population of Marinka made 10,000 people. Less than half of them are staying there now. There are many destroyed or significantly damaged houses and institutions, there is no gas in town and people suffer frequent power outages.

"1,206 residents who received our humanitarian aid during one day is only about one third of the town's current population. Marinka observes continuing shelling for a few weeks already. To receive humanitarian aid and buy some bread, people go to the town centre during certain hours and for a short time, to finish everything before the shelling starts. People got used to living under the existing conditions, but they need help and support", – Rimma Fil says.

Over the entire period of the Humanitarian Center's operation local civilians and IDPs in Marinka were delivered and issued 28,975 food packages.  

As of June 16, 2016, Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center issued 8,480,000 adult and children survival kits on both sides of the contact line.