Number of internally displaced people growing in Ukraine

By June 8, 2023

Ukraine (MNN) — Tens of thousands of people are on the move in southern Ukraine after flooding from the destroyed Nova Kakhovka dam drove them out of their villages. More than 6.5 million people have been internally displaced in Ukraine since Russia invaded in February 2022. Now that number is growing again.

The latest disaster compounds trauma for Ukrainians living through the war.

(Photo courtesy of Keys for Kids Ministries)

Greg Yoder with Keys for Kids Ministries says, “Those that are internally displaced…in new parts of Ukraine where there is somewhat safety, there have been churches formed. There are kids that are still reeling from much of the calamity that’s taken place. The Russian government, of course, has come in and just completely annihilated some cities that many of these kids called home.”

Internally displaced Ukrainians need hope, especially children.

Keys for Kids prints devotionals for children and Unlocked devotionals for teens. The devotionals are printed in both Ukrainian and Russian since both languages historically have been used in different parts of Ukraine as a first language.

These devotionals are giving Ukrainian kids a glimmer of Gospel hope, and they go fast!

Yoder says, “In fact, 200,000 units were able to get into the hands of kids, whether it be at summer camp, in churches, [or] in relief areas where they were providing relief assistance, especially through SEND International and through Mission Eurasia. We were able to provide material for Christmas outreach as well, but they’re all gone and so there is a crying need to have more printed.”

Keys for Kids needs to raise $78,000 to print and send more devotionals to children and teens in Ukraine. You can give to Keys for Kids here!

“We’re hoping that through the Keys for Kids and Unlocked distribution through our partners, more and more kids who are afraid, who are anxious [will] receive the hope found in Christ alone.”








Header photo courtesy of Keys for Kids Ministries.