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Japan YMCA Alliance
[Special Project] One year after escaping the ravages of war – Ukrainian evacuees talk about “now” and “future”
2/18 (Sat) 13:30-16:00 @ Comore Yotsuya Tower Conference

“One year has passed since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.” There are 7.5 million evacuees in Europe and about 2,200 in Japan. The YMCA has provided assistance to evacuees around the world, and in Japan, it has so far provided assistance to 800 evacuees nationwide, from their arrival in Japan to living and independence support.
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The 800 evacuees that the YMCA has met through the support this time have looked back on the past year, their lives that have suddenly changed due to the war, and how they have lived while facing the walls in Japanese society. I will tell you about In anticipation of the longer-term than expected, support groups and those working on the front lines of government will respond and think about the future together from the perspectives of “employment”, “education”, “mental/medical care”, and “purpose of life”.
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[Date and Time] Saturday, February 18, 2023, 13:30-16:00 (There will be an exchange and information exchange meeting after the end) [Place] Comore Yotsuya Tower Conference (1 minute walk from Yotsuya Station) [Image 2

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《Part 1》13:30~15:00
“Ukrainian evacuees talk about ‘Now’ and ‘From now on’”
1. Overview report on Ukrainian evacuees (Japan YMCA Alliance) 2. Panel discussion
-Speakers-4 Ukrainian evacuees living in Tokyo (see the PDF below for details) <
[Organizer] Japan YMCA Alliance
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[From the voice of the evacuees]
“My child is not used to Japanese school”, “I’m worried about forgetting my father”, “I’m worried about preparation and tuition for high school and university entrance exams”
“The relationship has been severed”, “The way of thinking does not match”, “I do not want to cause trouble” with the guarantor
“Different medical systems make it difficult to care for chronic illnesses and poor health” “I want friends in Japan” “Men are isolated and drink”
“How long can I continue working in warehouses and convenience stores?” “I don’t want to give up on my career and expertise.” “Suddenly tears come to my eyes.” “I feel guilty that we are the only ones who are safe.”
[YMCA Ukraine Refugee Project]
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From the beginning of March, evacuation from Ukraine to Japan was carried out using a global network. In April, we received a request from the Ukrainian Embassy in Japan to support domestic evacuees, and from July we signed an agreement with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to watch over the lives of evacuees (currently about 550 people) concentrated in Tokyo ( “Tokyo Ukrainian Refugee Matching Support Project”). More than 800 evacuees have been visited and interviewed so far.
As an NPO, based on the know-how of domestic and international humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, we will consistently stand by each person and provide deep and long-lasting support between people.
● Japan YMCA Alliance Ukrainian Refugee Support Twitter ⇒
● Click here for information leaflet (introduction of panelists)

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