26 September 2022 | The Europe office of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) recently announced the bombing of ADRA’s office in Mariupol, Ukraine, during the ongoing conflict in the country.
The August 27, 2022 Facebook update by ADRA Slovenia stated:
Only ruins remained from the ADRA office in Mariupol in #Ukraine.
However, our Ukrainian colleagues Mykyta and Roman managed to evacuate to the west of Ukraine in time. They would like to return, but they have nowhere to go. The office is in ruins, as are their homes.
With their families found temporary refuge in the middle of the forest, near the town of Mukachevo in the Transcarpathian region. Together with them, another 150 resettled people live here.
The ADRA van has also seen a better day. It became overgrown in the middle of a mined field, from where no one would be able to pull it out.
Roman describes his current situation: “We prefer not to deal with personal losses and our own future now. We prefer to fully concentrate on the coordination and distribution of humanitarian aid.”
ADRA Germany’s partner organization, Aktion Deutschland Hilft (an association of German aid agencies headquartered in Bonn), announced the news of the bombed ADRA office on September 21.
The translated Facebook updated reads as follows:
Out of context for today’s World Peace Day, we received sad news from Ukraine. The office of our alliance organization ADRA was bombed during fighting in Mariupol city.
Fortunately, the employees were able to get themselves to safety in time. However, the office and apartments of the helpers were completely destroyed.
We thank Roman and all the other helpers, who, despite the dangers, continue to work for the people of Ukraine.