Around 5.2 million Ukrainian children, including 2.2 million refugees in other countries, are in urgent need of humanitarian aid as a result of a war that has forced half of the country’s children to leave their homes, he warned on Wednesday. (01) the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
The war is having “devastating consequences for children on a scale and speed not seen since the Second World War,” UNICEF said in a statement released to coincide with Children’s Day celebrations in Ukraine and elsewhere.
At least 262 children were killed and others 415 were injured in the conflict, mainly in explosive weapons attacks in populated areas, and many of these attacks damaged or destroyed vital infrastructure for children, including hundreds of centers educational institutions and health units.
“The war destroyed the lives of millions of children”, summarized the director -UNICEF executive Catherine Russell in the statement, emphasizing that “without an urgent ceasefire and negotiated peace, children will continue to suffer, while the consequences of conflict will also affect vulnerable children around the world.”
The UN agency said that children fleeing the war in Ukraine are at serious risk of family separation, violence, abuse, sexual exploitation, as well as falling into human trafficking networks.
)Most of them “have been exposed to traumatic events and need urgent help, security, stability, child protection services and psychosocial support, especially those who are unaccompanied or have been separated from their families,” UNICEF said.
The organization, which has provided assistance to more than 948 thousand children and psychosocial care providers in the conflict, has appealed to the international community for US$ 948 million to fund its response humanitarian aid, both in Ukraine and in host countries of Ukrainian refugees.