4.8 million Ukrainian children displaced, UN says

4.8 million Ukrainian children displaced, UN says
# 12 April 2022 09:15 (UTC +04:00)

Almost 5 million children - two-thirds of all Ukrainian children - have fled their homes in the six weeks since Russia’s invasion, the UN children’s agency has said, APA reports citing The Guardian.

Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF’s emergency programs director, said having 4.8 million of Ukraine’s 7.5 million children displaced in such a short time is “quite incredible.” He said it is something he hadn’t before seen happen so quickly in 31 years of humanitarian work.

“They have been forced to leave everything behind — their homes, their schools and, often, their family members,” he told the UN Security Council. “I have heard stories of the desperate steps parents are taking to get their children to safety, and children saddened that they are unable to get back to school.”

The agency said it has also verified the deaths of 142 youngsters, though the number is almost certainly much higher.

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