Off to Donbass!

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July 9, 2015

Off to Donbass!

By Yevdokia “Dunya” Sheremetyeva

Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

[To view Yevdokia Sheremetyeva’s other dispatches from the Donbass, click on the “littlehiroshima” tab above the title.]

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–Enough driving to the Donbass!!! Please!!! My heart breaks every time and I can’t sleep at night…
–But if not me, then who?
–It’s not a place for women (((
This is something written by a facebook friend whom I’ve never seen.
I know that the majority transfer money only because I go there and deliver everything in person.
But that’s not even the issue.
Maybe it’s also that I can’t do it any other way.
At the end of July we’ll make the eighth visit to the Donbass.

If you want to help with the aid, please, don’t delay.
Especially those who want to pass on any packages or physical items.
I will return to Moscow from Crimea and drive to Lugansk almost immediately. I will have one or two days at most.
Therefore my friends have been involved in the process of transferring goods, and this needs to be done as quickly as possible, because the logistics are more complicated.
If you want to send money, the information is at the bottom of the post.

My sources tell me that right now it’s practically impossible to get humanitarian aid through except through foundations.
Therefore we are planning to buy nearly all the food in Lugansk at wholesale markets. Otherwise there’s risk the van won’t be let through. Or we’ll have to carry everything across the border by hand, and even that’s not guaranteed.
There are a few complications associated with buying food on the spot–I don’t know if they sellers can provide receipts. But I’m sure we’ll find a way to make the reports transparent. There’s also another factor–food prices on the spot are much lower than here. Which makes buying food there is the better option.
This time we’ll travel from Moscow with, mainly, adult diapers, cleaning and care supplies, medicines, baby food. Those things are on average twice as expensive in Lugansk, if not more. Therefore we’re trying to use money as effectively as we can.
Perhaps many won’t agree with me, but as long as there’s summer, I don’t see the need to take baby diapers. It’s hot in the summer. I kept my kid bare-bottomed the entire summer. I understand that there’s problem with water in some places. However, I still think that’s not a necessity.
But it’s very hard to take care of adults without disposable diapers. I know this from personal experience. It’s hell any time of the year. Even if there’s water and cleaning supplies, which the majority there lack.
I hope we’ll once again get lucky at the customs. Every trip is more and more complicated. Sometimes we’re stuck at the border for a whole day, butting heads with the customs officials. So far we’ve always gotten through. But the signals are discouraging.
Also a request to those volunteers who have been helping me or plan to help me:
My guys, starting with Zhenya who’ll come with us this time, are dealing with a mass of issues right now–buying medicines, transferring them by bus.
Could someone take care of buying insulin and test strips for Vika, who’s under our care, who has diabetes, and whose eyesight we’re trying to save?
I won’t be able to do it in person, and my friends are already tearing themselves to bits. If anyone wants to help, contact me directly and I’ll provide all the information. I’ll post the reports, the photos, as always. Also thanks to Tanya Anikina who has already bought some of the needles and test strips, which we’ll able to send today or tomorrow.
I hope we’ll be able to visit more places this time. Maybe we’ll even manage to get to Gorlovka. As long as there aren’t heavy bombardments which would make that trip too dangerous.
–Dunya, and then what?
And then nothing. As long as I have my strength and you, I’ll continue to help.
Sometimes I don’t even know where my strength for all this is coming from.
My hands just drop when I see the dozens of fraudsters, the parasites on people’s suffering.
But then my strength returns. My strength returns when I receive the photographs with smiling Sergey Vladimirovich or Vika. Or many others about whom I haven’t had time to write yet. When I get the happy letters of thanks. When I see the results of my and your efforts.

And, as always–
If you want contribute to help Sergey Kutsenko or other needy people on the Donbass, contact me through my livejournal account, through Facebook, or via email: [email protected] Everything will be delivered and reported.

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