Belgian citizens' initiative sends 10th convoy of humanitarian aid to Ukraine
Non-profit organisation BEforUkraine has sent its 10th convoy of humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The organisation also held a rally in Brussels' Place Luxembourg on Wednesday to reiterate that aid for Ukraine is still needed.
"For over a year, BEforUkraine has been sending ambulances, school buses and generators to Ukraine to help the local population," the NGO said. In total, the organisation has sent 68 vehicles and 90 tonnes of equipment to Ukraine. The shipments were funded by 5 million euros in monetary and material donations.
Among the vehicles were 61 ambulances, two refrigerated trucks and three vans for transporting people with reduced mobility. BEforUkraine was initially founded to bring fleeing Ukrainians safely across the borders.
To highlight the shipment of the 10th convoy towards Ukraine, BEforUkraine organised a demonstration on Wednesday in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. Its plan was to show the public and politicians that Ukraine still needs help. An ambulance pierced by bullets symbolised the urgent need for more aid.
"Since the beginning of the large-scale military invasion of Ukraine, BEforUkraine has actively provided humanitarian support to our country"
"We are particularly proud of the actions we have taken since the start of the war in Ukraine," said Evrard van Zuylen, director of BEforUkraine. "These actions have helped civilians in need, and with this action, we want to draw attention to how much the Ukrainian people still need our help."
Natalia Anoshyna, chargé d'affaires of the Ukrainian embassy in Belgium, said she was "delighted to have BEforUkraine as partners alongside us". "Since the beginning of the large-scale military invasion of Ukraine, BEforUkraine has actively provided humanitarian support to our country."
A previous shipment of ambulances, sent to Ukraine by BEforUkraine © BELGA PHOTO NILS QUINTELIER