A response to the situation in Ukraine

22nd March 2022

3. Pascal Vossen, Kyiv, 2015

In common with many around the world, we at A&H are angered to see the developing humanitarian disaster in Ukraine with the UN reporting recently that a quarter of the population have been uprooted and had to leave their homes and places of sanctuary.  

This has extra poignancy for me. I was brought up an active member of the Ukrainian diaspora community in Bradford, my grandparents on my mother’s side unable to return to their homeland due to Russian oppression post WW2. It is heartbreaking to see this happening again. It is easy to feel helpless when faced with media images and reports on a daily basis of these atrocities – and the many others around the world, where any human life is considered a necessary loss and secondary to global political posturing.

We are therefore sharing several ways you can support.

We have teamed up with Pascal Vossen to raise funds. Pascal is a documentary photographer whose work explores the relationships between people and their immediate environment. Pascal is currently working with A&H on documenting our Meeting Point programme and has kindly offered to sell a series of prints, taken during a trip to Kyiv in 2015, to fundraise. Prints (approx 30x20cm including white border) are £100 (excl. shipping cost), with all profits being donated to the Association of Ukrainian’s in Great Britain’s Go Fund me campaign.

Please email Info@artsandheritage.org.uk if you are interested with the print number and your contact details. The prints will be available until the 30th April, after which they will be posted to you, along with a signed document by the artist that details the work.

We are also flagging these funds and appeals if you would like to make direct donations:  

  1. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) was founded in 1933 by Albert Einstein, to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees fleeing from Nazi Germany. The organisation then went on to deliver aid to refugees from around Europe, such as Italy and Spain, that were also fleeing conflicts. Today, the IRC operates around the globe to tackle the most severe refugee crises.
  2. The DEC brings together 15 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently at times of crisis overseas. In such circumstances DEC’s mission is to save, protect and rebuild lives through effective humanitarian response. 

There are also Ukrainian Clubs and organisations across the country, who along with so many others are coordinating fundraising activities, collecting donations of supplies, medicines and equipment, and organising campaigns and rallies. They may also end up significantly supporting those coming over to this country seeking safety. A link to their Facebook page can be found here.

If you are looking for more context or background to the conflict – please watch Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom – currently available for free on YouTube here.

Finally – a film recently produced by the Guardian sums up what is happening over here and really struck a chord with me, so I thought I would share that too.

With thanks to Pascal for sharing his work and creating an opportunity in this way.

Thank you,

Steph Allen, Executive Director, A&H

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