Help Displaced Children in Ukraine
The conflict in Ukraine has caused the fastest and largest displacement of people in Europe since World War II. The scale of destruction and impacts of attacks on civilian infrastructure, hospitals, schools are utterly shocking. Ukraine is the second-largest country in Europe, after Russia, and has an estimated population of 44 million. Sadly, children in Eastern Ukraine have grown up in conflict for the past eight years, enduring violence, shelling and being displaced from their homes. Today, fighting in Ukraine has forced children and families to seek refuge in neighboring countries, with more than 4 million people having now crossed the borders.
The war in Ukraine has forced two-thirds of children in Ukraine to flee their homes since the war escalated on February 24, 2022. According to the latest UN data, close to 4.1 million refugees from Ukraine have fled to Poland. 7.7 million people in Ukraine – one in six – have been displaced internally since February, 24, 2021. Children and mothers are fleeing Ukraine extremely distressed after their families were torn apart as Russian military operations forced thousands of families from their homes to seek safety.
What is the current situation in Ukraine?
The situation is spiralling out of control. Heavy fighting, shelling and air strikes across Ukraine have had devastating consequences for children and families. A child from Ukraine has become a refugee almost every single second of the war.
Since the beginning of the international armed conflict in Ukraine starting February 24, 2022, there have been at least 3,000 civilian casualties. These numbers are beyond tragic, and likely an underestimate.
The escalation in violence is also set to impact children in need across the world at a time when they are already bearing the brunt of the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and the world’s worst hunger crisis this century.
Children on the move across Eastern Europe are at risk of hunger, illness, trafficking and abuse. Distressed children and mothers have been forced to leave fathers and husbands behind after authorities ordered Ukrainian men aged 18-60 to stay and fight.
Every effort should be made to find a diplomatic solution and avert an even more catastrophic war. Children must be protected from harm at all times.
challenges ahead for displaced children
Many children in Ukraine have already witnessed or experienced acts of violence over eight years of conflict.
Overview of the Ukraine crisis
On February 24, 2022, Russia deployed its military into neighboring Ukraine. Bombs and shelling continue to escalate, damaging homes, hospitals, schools and other civilian infrastructure.
Millions of people have now been displaced inside Ukraine or fled to neighboring countries to seek safety.
Ukraine, which became an independent country in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, has been working to forge closer ties with the European Union and with NATO. Russia regards these efforts as an economic and strategic threat to its own security.
This escalation in tensions comes on top of an existing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. In 2014, Russia invaded and then annexed the Crimean Peninsula and began backing pro-Russian separatists in parts of eastern Ukraine. Eight years of fighting have resulted in the deaths of over 3,000 people, forced more than 850,000 people from their homes, and left almost 3 million in need of aid.
As the attacks continue, people who remain in Ukraine are enduring the dangers of life under siege, even as they try to cope without adequate water, heat and electricity. Freezing temperatures are making conditions for those seeking shelter in basements and subway stations even more unbearable. And roads and bridges made impassible by bombs and shelling are hindering access to food and other basic necessities.
Millions of people in Ukraine have been uprooted from their homes, among them over 5.5 million who have fled to neighboring countries. The majority of those on the move are women and children, who are always most at risk of exploitation and abuse during crises.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has already resulted in one of the largest refugee crises facing the world today as the war continues to force people—most of them women, girls and the elderly—to flee across borders to Poland, Moldova and other European states. Huge numbers of people continue to arrive at Ukraine’s borders with Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova with only what they can carry. In many places there are long waits to cross and scant facilities waiting for them on the other side. Urgent needs include food, water, emergency shelter, health care and sanitation facilities.
Millions of people have been uprooted from their homes in Ukraine and are in need of humanitarian assistance, in what has become the largest and fastest displacement crisis since World War II. Of these, over 6 million have fled to neighboring countries as refugees and millions more people displaced within Ukraine are also in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Many are stranded or are unable to leave Ukraine due to increasing violence, destruction of bridges and roads, as well as lack of resources or information on where to find safety and accommodation.
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