Understanding Information and Communication Needs Among IDPs in Eastern Ukraine: Trapped In a Propaganda War. Abandoned. Frustrated. Stigmatized

Source: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 02:38 PM
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A new report released by Internews seeks to understand the Information and Communication Needs among Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Eastern Ukraine.

The report examines a largely overlooked but not unimportant aspect of the humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine: the extent to which a lack of timely and reliable information is exacerbating the misery of the IDP populations, rendering them vulnerable through confusion and mistrust, and contributing to rising tensions between the host population and the displaced. In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, keeping communities informed about what’s happening around them, how to reconnect with their families and friends or what aid services may be available for them, goes beyond saving lives. It is about restoring people’s dignity and respect, it is about fulfilling people’s rights and the right to know, ask questions and participate in their own relief and recovery and, very importantly, holding stakeholders to account.

The report, based on a rapid consultation conducted by Internews’ assessment team on January 20-30, 2015, seeks to understand the information needs and access to communications channels among displaced populations and host communities in eastern Ukraine amidst the escalating hostilities and the influx of competing information sources from both the Ukrainian and Russian sides of the conflict.

It gives a snapshot of the information needs and access of IDPs, the national and local media in eastern Ukraine, which provide a basis for proposed next steps to help meet the urgent information and communication needs of displaced people and to try to reduce tensions within host communities.

Download the report here

For further information please contact:

Alison Campbell: alison@internews.org

Senior Director: Global Initiatives

Internews Network

1640 Rhode Island Ave NW

Washington DC 20036

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