“This shipment includes many donations that people themselves have donated directly such as food, hygienic products, appliances in addition to other aid previously collected by Caritas organisations in the country”, Caritas Croatia’s deputy director Suzana Borko told the press conference.
She thanked everyone for their donations and in particular the Miroslav Krleža elementary school which itself suffered huge damage during the 2020 earthquake.
“The next load of aid will include medicines and other necessities required in the field”, added Borko.
“So far two lorries have been sent to Ukraine and together with today’s load that is 144 crates of food products, hygienic products, sleeping bags, blankets and various technical equipment and the donations are valued at HRK 1.6 million”, she added.
Caritas Croatia has collected more than HRK 4 million
Caritas Croatia organised a donation telephone line (060 9010) and has received more than 68,000 calls and so far Caritas Croatia has collected more than HRK 4 million for Ukraine, including HRK 1 million from the Croatian Conference of Bishops.
The president of the Office for Ecology with the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church Volodimir Šermeta joined the press conference via video link and said that the war against Ukraine’s independence is bringing pain, suffering and death every day.
“You experienced a similar war with Serbia and there is no need to explain the consequences of bloody war”, he said, adding that many of the victims are civilians, particularly women and children.