Amidst the ongoing conflict initiated by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Davis visited the Republic of Moldova to witness the support provided to the influx of displaced families.
The 58-year-old ‘Sex and the City’ star was deeply moved by the courage displayed by refugees in Moldova.
She remarked, “No one plans to become a refugee, and despite the heart-wrenching experience of leaving their homes and loved ones, many are restoring their lives in Moldova. This transformation would not have been possible without the kindness of the Moldovan people, who have embraced these refugees, showing them the compassion and support they deserve.”
During her visit, Davis explored various support structures available to vulnerable groups in Moldova. She met with refugee women actively involved in a community centre supporting women, children, refugees, and unaccompanied children.
The UNHCR highlighted the inspiring determination of these refugee women who, despite being forced to flee their homes just last year, found hope and purpose in their work. They now collaborate with the local Moldovan population to offer support, demonstrating the unity and solidarity that has emerged in these challenging times.
Francesca Bonelli, the UNHCR Representative in Moldova, expressed her gratitude to Kristin Davis for her visit and advocacy for refugees. Bonelli stated, “Amidst the uncertainty of their situation, Ukrainian refugees serve as an inspiring example of resilience, while the Moldovan people, who opened their hearts and homes to refugees without hesitation, embody true solidarity. With Kristin Davis’s support, more people will have the opportunity to witness the strength and spirit of unity displayed by both Moldovans and refugees.”
Since the onset of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, over six million refugees from Ukraine have crossed borders into neighbouring countries and beyond.
In Moldova, more than 905,000 refugees and third-country nationals have arrived, nearly one for every three Moldovan citizens. While many refugees continued their journey to other destinations, approximately 117,000 refugees have chosen to stay in Moldova, with a significant portion being women and children.