12 October 2022

Ukrainian families fear for future as winter bites

"The only thing I'm thinking about is surviving with the kids until spring," says Oksana, 43, sighing as she gazes at the small metal train carriage that is her new home. This local modular town for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Borodianka in the Kyiv region is nothing like the home and community she and her children left behind, but…, “We couldn't stay in our home city”, Oksana, her eight-year-old son Sasha and 13-year-old daughter Kateryna will share two bunk beds, a desk and a chair. "For sure, my children aren't having the life they used to have back at home before the war,” says Oksana, sadly. “But we couldn't stay in our home city anymore as it became dangerous. I was afraid to let my children out of the…, Sashko (8) in temporary accommodation, UNICEF Sashko (8) in temporary accommodation DSC08317, Sashko (8) in temporary accommodation, UNICEF Sashko (8) DSC08424, Sashko (8), UNICEF Sashko (8) DSC08591, Sashko (8), UNICEF Sashko (8) in temporary accommodation Sashko (8) in temporary accommodation Sashko (8) Sashko (8) They fled with just a few belongings. Now, as temperatures begin to plummet, Oksana and her children do not even have warm clothes. "There are outages every day, our carriage gets cold really quick,” she says. “I'm afraid of the upcoming winter…, “I'm afraid it will be tough”, Oksana is grateful that the water supply in Borodianka is uninterrupted. "Utility services are free for us, and it is a great support,” she says. “We have water all the time, it has never been cut off." Oleksandr Tyshchenko, chief engineer of the local municipal enterprise DSC08123_0, Oleksandr Tyshchenko, chief engineer of the local municipal enterprise, UNICEF Oleksandr Tyshchenko, chief engineer of the local municipal enterprise DSC08060, Oleksandr Tyshchenko, chief engineer of the local municipal enterprise, UNICEF UNICEF purchased and distributed five new power generators to the Borodianka Heat and Water Utility DSC08105, UNICEF purchased and distributed five new power generators to the Borodianka Heat and Water Utility, UNICEF Oleksandr Tyshchenko, chief engineer of the local municipal enterprise Oleksandr Tyshchenko, chief engineer of the local municipal enterprise UNICEF purchased and distributed five new power generators to the Borodianka Heat and Water Utility The water supply and sewage system in this modular town have been repaired by the local municipal…