Kyiv, June 4, 2022 – “Your Excellency, dear colleague, First Lady of Ukraine, I would like to thank you for bringing us together on this dark but important occasion, and I would also like to personally thank you for the strength and courage you have shown in getting to know and share with the world. Carrying their voices.
Imagine for a second you were transposed into the karmic driven world of Earl. The children returned home from school with their report cards. They will plan summer vacations, get ready for the holidays, enjoy a family dinner at a restaurant, get a bicycle or a tablet as a gift to celebrate the end of the school year. This is the time of year when grandparents bond with their grandchildren – dedicating their precious time and hard-earned pension memories and family traditions from generation to generation.
Even a hundred days ago, these children lived a normal life.
They were safe. Their hopes and dreams were to follow. They go to school and meet their friends. But war has changed everything for them and their families. This war robs children of stability, security, school, friends, family, a home and hope for the future. He takes the lives of children and hurts their bodies and souls.
The Hundred Day War brought nothing but devastation and misery to Ukrainian children that we have not witnessed since World War II. This war is having a profound effect on the lives of children, the consequences of which we will have to suffer in the years to come. Two out of three children have been displaced by the fighting.
Families are torn apart. Schools, hospitals, playgrounds, parks and thousands of homes have been damaged and destroyed. In areas where fighting has intensified, the situation of children is increasingly dire. Children fleeing violence are at significant risk of family separation, violence, abuse, sexual exploitation and trafficking. Most of them have experienced deep trauma and emotional anguish that will stay with them for years to come.
I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the families of all those who lost a child in this heinous war. On an average, two children are killed and more than four are injured every day – Often during attacks with explosive weapons in populated areas. And these are the only numbers that the UN has been able to verify – we believe the actual numbers are much higher.
The power of every parent and caring parent in Ukraine and abroad demands our highest respect. Every day Ukrainian moms, dads and caregivers wake up and go to bed without knowing what the next day saves for them. And yet, they do their best to ensure the safety of all the children in their care. I would like to express my sincere thanks to them for this.
UNICEF and its partners are working hard to help war-affected children and their families go through these incredibly difficult times. We have provided and will continue to provide much needed humanitarian assistance, such as protection, water and sanitation, health, nutrition and education services.
More than anything, kids need peace right now.
Violence and suffering must end. Each day of the war reinforces its lasting and destructive effects on vulnerable children around the world.
Bringing every child back to normal life will not be an easy task. But where many see an impossible challenge, We are determined to redouble our efforts to give each child a brighter future. We are committed and we rely on each of you to join us, the First Lady, as we embark on this ambitious and courageous journey together so that every child in Ukraine can realize their potential and their dreams.
I sincerely hope that the children of Ukraine and those who have had to leave the country will not have to endure another hundred days of war. They need peace and they need it now.