UNICEF: Half of Ukraine’s children are on the run due to the war

Photo: AP Photo / Emilio Morenatti, File

Half of the children in Ukraine have been forced to flee as a result of the Russian invasion, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

“One month of the war in Ukraine has led to 4.3 million children being forced to flee. That is more than half of the country’s estimated 7.5 million children,” UNICEF warned.

1.8 million Ukrainian children have fled to other countries, and 2.5 million children have been internally displaced as a result of the hostilities.

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the war has driven over one in four Ukrainians, over 10 million people, to flee. More than 3.5 million have fled to other countries, while 6.5 million are fleeing inside Ukraine.

Grim milestone

“This is a grim milestone that could have consequences for generations to come,” UNICEF chief Catherine Russell stated.

“The safety and security of children and their access to very basic services are now threatened by incessant and terrible violence,” she said.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has confirmed that 81 children have been killed and 108 wounded so far in the war.

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

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