New York / Geneva / Kyiv, 1st June 2022 – The 100-day war in Ukraine has had devastating consequences for children and has not been seen at such a pace since World War II, UNICEF said today. Three million children and more than 2.2 million in Ukraine Millions of children in host countries now need humanitarian assistance. Two out of three children have been displaced by the fighting.
According to a report verified by the OHCHR, an average of more than two children are killed and more than three are injured every day in Ukraine. – Mostly in populated areas with explosive weapons attacks. The civilian infrastructure on which children depend is being damaged or destroyed, including at least 256 Health Institutions and a Safe school Of the six, supported by UNICEF, east of the country. Hundreds more schools across the country have been damaged. The situation of children in eastern and southern Ukraine, where the war has intensified, is becoming increasingly desperate.
A war that is, above all, an acute crisis of child protection
“June 1 is International Day for the Protection of Children in Ukraine and the whole region”Said Katherine Russell, Executive Director of UNICEF. “ Instead of celebrating this occasion, We are seriously moving towards the 100th day of a war that has broken the lives of millions of children. Without an urgent ceasefire and peace of mind, children will continue to suffer – and the consequences of war will affect vulnerable children around the world. A
UNICEF also warns that the war has led to a serious crisis in child protection. Children fleeing violence are at significant risk of family separation, violence, abuse, sexual exploitation and trafficking. Most have suffered deep traumatic events. These children are in urgent need of safety, stability, child protection services and psychosocial support, especially those who are unaccompanied or separated from their families. They need peace more than anything.
At the same time, war and widespread displacement destroy livelihoods and economic opportunities, leaving many families unable to meet basic needs without adequate income and adequate support for their children.
UNICEF calls for immediate ceasefire
UNICEF is calling for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and the protection of all children. These include banning the use of explosives in populated areas and attacking civilian infrastructure. UNICEF calls for full humanitarian access to reach children in need quickly and safely, wherever they may be.
UNICEF and its partners are in the territory of Ukraine and neighboring countries They seek to provide humanitarian assistance to children and their families, including child protection, water and sanitation, health, nutrition and education services.
In Ukraine, UNICEF and its partners distributed life-saving medical care and healthcare to about 2.1 million people. Millions of people in war-torn areas ; They have allowed access to more than 2.1% of drinking water Millions of people living in areas where the network has been damaged or destroyed; They have provided psychosocial and mental health support to more than 610 people 000 Children and accompanying people ; And they have provided school to about 290,000 children. About 300,000 vulnerable families have registered for the Humanitarian Cash Assistance Program from UNICEF and the Ministry of Social Policy.
In countries hosting refugees, UNICEF supports national, municipal and local systems that provide essential services and protections., Especially for the most vulnerable children. These include training border guards in the fight against human trafficking, expanding educational opportunities and integrating refugee children into schools, purchasing vaccines and medical supplies, and creating play and education centers that provide much-needed sense of normalcy and relaxation for young children. Twenty-five UNICEF and UNHCR Blue Dots – one-stop shelters providing assistance and services to families on the go – have been established on major transit routes in Moldova, Romania, Poland, Italy, Bulgaria and Slovakia.. In Moldova, more than 52 000 Refugees, mostly women-headed families, have benefited from a multifaceted cash assistance program from UNICEF and UNHCR.
UNICEF has applied for 624.2 Million US dollars to support its humanitarian response and fundraising request of 324.7 in Ukraine Millions of dollars for intervention in countries hosting refugees.