6 months after the start of the war in Ukraine, children are still facing extreme risk

08 September 2022
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Six months after the start of the war in Ukraine, children continue to suffer the most from the deadly consequences of a war not of their making. In areas across Eastern and Southern Ukraine, children continue to be caught in the crossfire of ongoing hostilities, while schools, hospitals, and other civilian infrastructure on which they depend continues to be damaged or destroyed. With at least 3 million children across Ukraine in need of humanitarian assistance, and at least two-thirds of them displaced, every child in Ukraine has been affected by this war.

“And while these challenges may seem unsurmountable, with the most rapid mobilisation of international assistance on record, we have seen what is possible when we come together in solidarity and partnership. The support we have seen thus far for the ongoing Ukraine emergency has demonstrated the type of humanitarian response that is needed with today’s cascading crises of conflict, malnutrition, displacement, COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. We would like to thank the private sector in Serbia for showing global solidarity with the vulnerable population, especially children. We are very grateful to Catena Operations Ltd. which has been supporting UNICEF’s work for three years now, focusing its assistance on mitigating the crises caused by emergencies. This company’s generous donation in the amount of 60,300 euros will contribute to providing assistance and meeting the most urgent needs of children in Ukraine”, said Deyana Kostadinova, UNICEF representative in Serbia.

In Ukraine, UNICEF is present in 10 locations to meet the immediate humanitarian needs of children and families. It works with 92 government and civil society partners who are tirelessly providing assistance in the field.

It is thanks to this unique blend of humanitarian and development approaches, and strong supportive partnerships, that UNICEF has been able to provide life-saving health and medical supplies to nearly 4 million people in war-affected areas in Ukraine, and access to safe water for nearly 3.5 million people in areas where networks have been damaged or destroyed. Access to formal or non-formal education was provided to over 400,000 children. Together with partners, UNICEF is also providing psychosocial support for over 1.4 million children and caregivers.

As the conflict and displacement continues and winter months approach, continued effective and innovative partnerships across the region will be essential to making sure the children of Ukraine are not left out in the cold.

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