Dr. Sasha Sholokov, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff member, shares his story of fleeing home with his wife and two-year-old son in Mariupol, Ukraine, in February. “I woke up at 6:30 a.m. because my house started to shake because of the shelling,” he said. “I realized ... I have to move right now.”
After making sure his family was safe, he returned with MSF to eastern Ukraine where he continues to help people like him who have found safety in Dnipro and Zaporizhzhia. Local communities and authorities have transformed every possible place – homes, schools, churches, sports complexes, offices, administrative buildings and hotels – into shelters to offer a safe place to stay. MSF teams run mobile clinics offering medical and psychological care to vulnerable people and are expanding activities to meet the growing needs in more than 70 shelters.
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