Oxfam reaction to attack on community center operated by Oxfam's partner in Kharkiv

Published: 6th May 2024

In reaction to Russia’s attack on a community centre operated by Oxfam’s partner “Peaceful Heaven of Kharkiv” today, Nicola Bay, Oxfam’s Organisational Lead for Ukraine, said:

“We are appalled by this attack. Community hubs run by our partner have supported over 60,000 people in Kharkiv region – including women, children and elderly people– with food, water and safe heated spaces. 

“Attacking civilian infrastructure, including those of civil society organisations that provide lifesaving assistance to people, is against international humanitarian law. 

“Our teams and partners continue to work under extremely difficult conditions. Constant bombardments on our operations, mean cutting the lifeline of aid for thousands of people. 

“Oxfam urges all warring parties to respect international humanitarian law, including ensuring the protection of civilians and aid workers."

Notes to editors

  • Oxfam is responding to this humanitarian crisis by primarily working with local civil society organisations who are already supporting communities impacted by the war. In both Ukraine and in neighbouring countries, we have supported 40 organisations and reached over 2 million people since the war escalated in February 2022 
  • As of February 2024, Peaceful Heaven of Kharkiv in partnership with Oxfam have reached over 61K individuals through their community hubs, based in multiple locations in the Kharkiv region, 71% were women and girls. 
  • The community hub that was attacked was in city of Zolochiv, in the Kharkiv region. 
  • Since Feb 2022, Peaceful Heaven of Kharkiv have prepared 2.6m hot meals and distributed 170,000 food sets for adults and 10,220 food sets for children 

Contact information

Nesrine Aly in the UK | nesrine.aly@oxfam.org | +201 222 486 964 and +44 7503 989 838

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