I remember sometime ago when I raised concerns about Ukraine’s crises and warned about ‘Ukraine producing refugees‘, a situation we might not want to see. Since then, I’ve been following the situation in Ukraine, the twists and turns of the crises and its effect on ordinary citizens. Now, I see my fears playing out exactly as I imagined it.
Let me briefly highlight the current situation in Ukraine:
The United Nations has warned of a ‘mass exodus’ from Ukraine owing to the crises and insecurity in the country’s East. There has been a sharp increase in the number of displaced persons in the country. At least 117,000 people have fled their homes and are currently displaced due to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The United Nations agency for refugees (UNHCR) says that about 730,000 Ukrainians have left the country for Russia this year.
The already staggering numbers of displaced people is rising fast. Over the past two weeks, 1,200 people have been flooding daily out of Donetsk and Luhansk which are the major rebel strongholds.
Thousands of Ukrainians are now abandoning their country and rushing to an uncertain future in Russia. They no longer feel safe at home with the continuous struggle for authority between separatists and Government forces in the country’s East. I remember saying that the world must act before it was too late, concerning Ukraine’s crises. Now, we are at this point where the citizens no longer feel that the Government can protect them. Honestly, I can’t say that any reasonable action has been taken. U.S and other European countries have kept on with more sanctions against Russia, claiming that Russia is supporting the rebels. But, How far have these sanctions been helpful? I think the best way to end these crises and stop many Ukrainians from adopting the ‘refugee status’ is diplomacy. Direct talks between Ukraine, Russia and the separatist rebels with U.S and interested European nations like Germany playing mediatory roles. The world is already burdened by millions of refugees in African countries like Sudan, South Sudan, D.R.Congo, Central African Republic… And other countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine. The world is seemingly becoming laden with crises and conflicts. The U.N is already crumbling under the weight of caring for all these refugees. Sometimes, I even feel angry towards the U.N. what are they there for and what are they doing? Most times, it seems like the U.N waits for conflicts to get out of hand before doing something about it. It would be much better if the United Nations paid more attention to resolving conflicts early enough rather than allowing them to unfold to terrifying proportions before ‘raising alarm’.