1.7 Million Kids Affected By The East Ukraine War – UNICEF

Published on 20 Apr 2015, 17:20
“Children in conflict are always generally paying the highest price. Their basic rights are very often denied and their suffering goes beyond the course of the conflict itself,” the UNICEF Representative in Ukraine, Giovanna Barberis, told Hromadske. UNICEF estimates that 1.7 million children have been affected by the conflict and so far, it has resulted in thousands of children being displaced and dozens being injured or killed.

There are 154,000 displaced children officially registered inside Ukraine, Barberis said. The total number of children forced to leave there homes is undoubtedly much higher if one includes those who have moved to Russia as well as those of have failed to register their status.

The most vulnerable, however, are children still living in the conflict zone, particularly those in state care and those living in remote villages. As Barberis explained, children in remote villages have the least access to food and medicine and are also the most difficult for aid organisations to reach.

Unexploded mine accidents are also a huge concern. Since March 2014, Ukraine’s Ministry of Heath has registered 42 child deaths as a result of unexploded mines accidents. UNICEF has been working in partnership with the Ukrainian Ministry of Education to inform children and their parents about the danger of unexploded mines but the issue will take years to solve.

Hromadske International’s Ian Bateson and Angelina Kariakina spoke with Giovanna Barberis on April 19, 2015.

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