After 100 days of war in Ukraine, 5.2 million children need humanitarian aid

New York / Geneva / Kyiv, 1Verse June 2022 – UNICEF said today that the war in Ukraine, which began nearly 100 days ago, is taking a heavy toll on children, and wreaking havoc on a scale and speed not seen since World War II. Three million children in Ukraine and more than 2.2 million additional refugee children in host countries are currently in need of humanitarian assistance. Nearly two out of three children have been displaced by the fighting.

According to verified reports by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, an average of more than two children are killed and more than four wounded every day in Ukraine, mainly in attacks with explosive weapons in populated areas. The civilian infrastructure on which children depend continues to be damaged or destroyed, including, to date, at least 256 health centers and one of the six schools under the UNICEF-supported Safe Schools Program in the east of the country. In addition to this assessment, there are hundreds of schools affected elsewhere in the province. The situation of children is also of growing concern in eastern and southern Ukraine, where fighting is escalating.

“1Verse June, the date of Universal Children’s Day, will not be marked for celebration in Ukraine and the region, while June 3 will mark the celebration of Universal Children’s Day.e A day of war that has shattered the lives of millions of children,” said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell. “Without an immediate ceasefire and peace talks, children in Ukraine will continue to suffer – as will vulnerable children around the world who will suffer from the negative repercussions of war. »

UNICEF warns that this war has caused a serious child protection crisis. Indeed, runaway children are at high risk of being separated from their families and victims of violence, abuse, sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Most of them have experienced very traumatic events. If these children, especially those who are unaccompanied or separated from their families, are in dire need of safety, stability, child protection services and psychosocial care, they need peace above all.

At the same time, war and mass displacement are destroying the livelihoods and economic opportunities of many families, who no longer have enough income to meet the basic needs of their children and can no longer provide them with adequate support.

UNICEF continues to call for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine and the protection of all children, including from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and from attacks on civilian infrastructure. The organization is also calling for full humanitarian access to be ensured in order to provide rapid and safe assistance to children in need, wherever they are.

UNICEF and its partners are working on the ground, in Ukraine and neighboring countries, to provide children and families with services in child protection, water supply and sanitation, health, nutrition and education, among other humanitarian interventions.

In Ukraine, UNICEF and partners distributed life-saving health goods and medical supplies to nearly 2.1 million people in the affected areas; Ensure access to drinking water for more than 2.1 million people living in areas where networks have been damaged or destroyed; Provide mental health and psychosocial support services to more than 610,000 children and caregivers; School supplies were sent to about 290,000 children. In addition, nearly 300,000 families were able to register for the humanitarian cash assistance program set up by UNICEF and Ukraine’s Ministry of Social Policy.

In refugee-hosting countries, UNICEF supports national, municipal and local systems that provide essential services and ensure the protection of children, especially the most vulnerable. This includes training border guards to combat human trafficking; Expand learning opportunities for refugee children and their inclusion in schools; purchase of vaccines and medical supplies; and create centers that allow young children to play and learn while restoring a semblance of normalcy and calm. 25 “Blue Dot” centers coordinated by UNICEF and UNHCR have opened their doors in Bulgaria, Italy, the Republic of Moldova, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. These multi-service reception centers provide support to families along the most common immigration routes. In the Republic of Moldova, more than 52,000 refugees, most of whom are female-headed households, have benefited from a multi-purpose cash assistance program run by UNICEF and UNHCR.

UNICEF is appealing for US$624.2 million to support its humanitarian work in Ukraine and US$324.7 million for its response in refugee-receiving countries.
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To learn more about UNICEF’s work in Ukraine, please see: The War in Ukraine: Supporting Children and Families

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