UNICEF for the Children of Ukraine
How the UN Children's Fund in Bulgaria helps children and families from Ukraine
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The war in Ukraine threatens the lives and futures of 7.5 million children - terrified, in shock and in desperate need of safety. Millions of people have been forced to emigrate, 90% of them women and children. Many families are being separated from their loved ones. In eastern Ukraine, where UNICEF and partners have been working for the past 8 years, thousands of children live without access to drinking water because of damage to infrastructure. To support them, together with partners, we have increased the humanitarian assistance - clean drinking water, health supplies, educational materials and essentials, as well as support to rebuild vital infrastructure - that we provide on the ground.
How are we helping people fleeing war?
Together with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), we have established 30 centres that provide support to refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine (the so-called Blue Dots) along the borders and main migrant routes in their host countries, 6 of which are in Bulgaria - in Sofia, Dobrich, Ruse, Burgas and Varna.
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What is a #BlueDot?
Blue Dot centres are safe spaces for protection and basic services that are being opened in countries hosting refugees from Ukraine. They provide information, legal advice, psychosocial support, identification and referral to services for children, women, families, unaccompanied children and other groups at specific increased risk.