19 April 2016 - The UN Refugee Agency together with Book Arsenal organizes the Second Charity Book Drive for displaced people and communities in Eastern Ukraine. The book drive will take place in the framework of the largest book industry fair on 20 – 24 April 2016 as part of the Mystetskiy Arsenal Charity Project.

The conflict in the East has forced to flee more than one million people in search for safety and refuge. Another two million remain in difficult conditions in the towns and villages along the contact line. These groups carry the heaviest toll of the conflict. Many of them lost everything and are in need of psychological support, including the most vulnerable, such as elderly and children.

This year visitors of the book festival and Kyiv residents are invited not only to donate a book but also send a symbolic “Card to the East” with warm words of support to those in need of asssitance.

All collected books and cards will be later delivered to the community centers created by NGOs and volunteer initiatives with support of the UNHCR in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Kyiv regions. The list of recipients includes ‘New Impulse Center’ in Slovyansk, Station Kharkiv centers in Kharkiv and oblast, Centers for support of families and elderly by NGO Slavic Heart, NGO Dopomoga Dnipra in Dnipropetrovsk, community center in Kreminna in Luhansk region, Good Deeds Foundation and Civic Initiative “Crimea SOS”.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

The Agency opened its office in Ukraine in 1994. In 2014, Ukraine has faced the problem of internally displaced people (IDPs) from Crimea and East. UNHCR continues to support the Government and NGOs in providing legal, humanitarian and social assistance. The Agency focuses on strengthening protection of rights of IDPs, improvement of their living conditions and ensuring long term solutions.