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Now, the family is staying in a remote location in the middle of the Carpathian Mountains, over a thousand kilometres away from their home. They were lucky to find refuge at a shelter in a natural park. When the war started, several other national parks opened their doors to displaced Ukrainians, offering them a temporary home surrounded by the serene mountains.

In partnership with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine and with funding from the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) supported these newly established collective centres for IDPs. Rooms and bathrooms were upgraded; solar-powered streetlights erected; an improved water treatment and sewage system installed; and furniture, bed linen, kitchenware, and hygiene items distributed.

“Initially, we planned to open our accommodation for tourists in May – but when the war started, we had to act fast,” explains the director of the natural park, Mykhailo Nechai. “There was no appropriate sewage system, and that was our primary concern, as more and more people were arriving every day. IOM procured all equipment and helped us to install the system.”

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