War on Ukraine: Two-thirds of children flee

Status: 04/12/2022 11:06

According to the UN, almost two-thirds of all Ukrainian children have fled since the war began. At least 142 children have so far died in the fighting. According to Ukrainian information, 121,000 children were also taken to Russia.

Since the start of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, nearly two-thirds of all Ukrainian children have had to leave their homes, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Of the approximately 7.5 million children under the age of 18, 2.8 million have been displaced within the country and two million have fled abroad, says Manuel Fontaine, Director of UNICEF’s Emergency Relief Program. “In six weeks, it’s just incredible,” Fontaine said.

In 31 years of humanitarian work, Fontaine said he had never seen such a large number of refugee children in such a short time. And of the Ukrainian children who are not yet on the run, almost half risk starving. The situation is worst in cities like Mariupol and Kherson, “where children and their families have lived for weeks without running water and sanitation, regular food supplies and medical care.”

According to UNICEF, 2.8 million children have already fled Ukraine

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UNICEF: Ukraine war is ‘a nightmare for children’

The UN has so far confirmed the deaths of 142 children, although the number is likely to be much higher, UNICEF said. The Ukrainian judiciary recently spoke of at least 186 dead and 344 injured children and young people. UNICEF referred to the many minors who either fled with their families or remained in the war zone. “The war continues to be a nightmare for Ukraine’s children,” Fontaine said.

More than 4.5 million people have fled abroad since Russia’s war of aggression began on February 24, it said. About 90 percent of them are women and children. Another seven million people were also displaced in Ukraine.

Report on Russian adoption procedures

The situation of children and women in Ukraine was also the focus of a meeting of the UN Security Council. Before the meeting, the Norwegian UN Ambassador, Mona Juul, complained that the vast majority of Ukrainian children can no longer go to school. 5.7 million children are affected by the nationwide school closures, Juul said. “Schools are important, not only for education, but also for protecting children from violence, sexual abuse and even human trafficking.”

Ukraine’s UN ambassador, Serhiy Kyslytsia, said Russia had brought more than 121,000 children from Ukraine and was reportedly preparing a bill to simplify and speed up adoption procedures for orphans and even children with parents and other relatives. According to him, most of the children were taken away from the port city of Mariupol, east of the Donetsk region and then to the Russian city of Taganrog.

Meanwhile, the UN Women’s Organization called for an independent inquiry into sexual violence in the Ukraine war. “We are hearing more and more about rape and sexual violence,” said UN Women Director Sima Bahous. These reports must be examined independently to ensure fairness and hold those responsible accountable.

“Every day this war lasts, children suffer” – warns UNICEF coordinator

Antje Passenheim, ARD New York, April 11, 2022 at 18.17

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