04 May 2022

War in Ukraine - "Allowing children to be children again"

Gregor von Medeazza served as Emergency Coordinator for the Ukraine Refugee Response in the Republic of Moldova. He has been with UNICEF for 13 years, and the last 3 and a half, he is the Deputy Representative (Programme) in UNICEF's Namibia Country Office. Here, he talks about his work - and the poignant moments when children are safe again after…, UNICEF’s immediate response, I would divide our work and the refugee situation in Moldova into two phases. In the first days of the war, the number of refugees was very high, peaking at 30,000 people entering the country every day. The first priority was to immediately dispatch emergency supplies and provide initial humanitarian assistance to refugee children and families,…, Safe at last: allowing children to be children again, In my own experience, the Blue Dot is a place where children can be safe for the first time after sometimes traumatic experiences and often an extremely stressful escape. For children, Blue Dots provide a safe, warm, welcoming space to rest and play, at a time when their world has been abruptly turned upside down in fear and panic, and they are…, Leaving no one behind, In the largest Refugee Accommodation Center in Moldova, MoldEXPO, I met a Roma family with five children under the age of twelve. Ezmeralda, the mother, told us that their family was struggling with a legal issue. They didn't have the proper paperwork needed to cross the border into the EU. They had walked and hitchhiked hundreds of miles to get…, A small country, enormous solidarity, The war in Ukraine is an unbearable tragedy, and a child protection disaster. Moldova is the poorest country in Europe and now has the highest per capita rate of refugees. Despite the dire situation, it is uplifting to see the solidarity and compassion with which Moldova, its people and the thousands of volunteers involved have been welcoming the…, Read the latest on Ukraine, Read the latest on UNICEF's response to the crisis in Ukraine , or  learn more about the Blue Dots Access the latest data and figures on refugee situation in Ukraine