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Discussion about IDP Challenges in Kropyvnytsky

March 9 – More than 10,000 registered internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Kropyvnytsky Oblast are committed to and integrating into their new homes by starting new businesses, obtaining employment, and becoming involved in regional public affairs, according to participants in the roundtable, Adaptation of IDPs in Kropyvnytsky Oblast: Role of Government, Media, and Civil Society Organizations. It was organized and sponsored by the Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy in Kropyvnytsky at the Press Club of Reforms.

Roundtable participants agreed the most sensitive issues affecting IDPs in this oblast are housing, employment, medical care, and humanitarian and legal assistance. Speakers believe these challenges need to be addressed by both the news media and government decision-makers in Ukraine.

Roundtable speakers were: Svitlana Yeremenko, executive director of the Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy; Valentina Kulachko, IDP advisor for the Ministry of Social Policy; Volodymyr Kudrya, attorney for the Tenth of April nongovernmental organization; and Liubov Lukyantseva of the Public Initiatives Association.

The roundtable also presented the book, “Misfortuned? Undefeated!,” a second edition of Ukrainian IDP personal stories.

Global Affairs Canada supported the event as part of its Strengthening Conflict-Affected Communities Communication for IDPs initiative.

More on Mandarin News (information portal of Kropyvnytsky Oblast) in Ukrainian.