UNICEF emergency responseaid for children in Ukraine and neighbouring countries
The war in Ukraine has had a devastating impact on children and their families. Significant escalation of the armed conflict in Ukraine has resulted in increased humanitarian needs and population displacement within and outside of the country. In eastern and southern Ukraine, children are caught between the fronts, and schools, hospitals and other social institutions are damaged or in some cases completely destroyed. As of September 2022, nearly 18 million people in Ukraine are in need of humanitarian assistance, including at least 5.5 million children. Two out of three children have been forced to leave their homes and are on the run. “Every one of Ukraine’s children are distressed. I wouldn’t say that 10 percent or 50 percent of them are OK — everyone is experiencing it, and it will take years to heal”, says Murat Sahin, UNICEF Ukraine Representative. The war is not over and the situation in Ukraine remains dramatic. The children and families need our help more than ever. UNICEF is working in Ukraine and many neighbouring countries to provide children and their families with medical care, psychosocial and educational support, and urgently needed relief supplies. UNICEF and its partners have set up contact points for families In refugee-hosting countries, UNICEF is supporting governments to ensure access to services, protection and social assistance for Ukrainian children, their families and host communities.