UN: Nearly two-thirds of Ukraine’s children are displaced

Ukrainian refugees - childrenPhoto: AP Photo / Rodrigo Abd

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), nearly two-thirds of children in Ukraine have had to flee their homes since Russia invaded the country.

On Monday, Manuel Fontaine, head of UNICEF’s crisis program, said that 4.8 million of the 7.5 million children had been forced to flee.

“They are forced to leave everything behind – their homes, their schools, and often their families,” he told the UN Security Council.

Two million of the children have fled abroad, while the remaining 2.8 million children have been displaced to other parts of Ukraine, according to Fontaine. He stated that almost half of the 3.2 million children left in the country might be at risk of food shortages.

“I have heard stories about the desperate things parents do to get their children safe,” he added.

UNICEF ​​estimates that 142 children have been killed since the war began.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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