Ukraine: Children affected by the war – Press Conference (14 June 2022) | United Nations

Caution - Russia Ukraine Conflict

This item is about Russia or Ukraine, countries which are involved in an unfolding armed conflict. Be aware that propaganda may be involved in this video news item. Browse news from other sources about Russia (here) and Ukraine (here) to gain a wider perspective. The Global Herald is attempting to remove any advertisements from this content. Please accept our apologies if you are shown an ad next to conflict news - please leave a comment if you see ads in this page.

United Nations published this video item, entitled “Ukraine: Children affected by the war – Press Conference (14 June 2022) | United Nations” – below is their description.

UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, Afshan Khan, said that nearly two thirds of Ukraine’s children are displaced, adding that “the numbers are staggering and they bear repeating.”

Khan briefed the reporters today (14 Jun) in New York on her last week’s visit to Ukraine, where she met with children and families affected by the war.

She said, “the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and attacks on civilian infrastructure clearly must stop. It’s killing and maiming children and preventing them from returning to any sense of normal life in their towns and their cities and in their homes.”

Khan added that she has seen a number of children, even young children, “severely traumatized by what they’ve witnessed.”

The UNICEF Regional Director also said, “I think when the escalation of the conflict, there’s severe issues to deal with the protection of children and families. And while to date inside Ukraine, UNICEF has reached over two million people with health supplies and access to safe drinking water.”

She continued, “more than 600,000 children and caregivers have received mental health and psychosocial support, and more than 180,000 children have been engaged in formal and community-based learning. The needs are exorbitant and huge.”

Khan added, “we have partners on both sides of the contact line who worked to reach children with critical information and lifesaving supplies and services. And we’ve activated rapid response missions in the east of the country, closest to the line of contact and the fighting and as a result we’ve been able to date to assist 100 families in shelters closest to the frontline and in the hardest to reach locations.”

She also said, “the new school year begins in September. And while we don’t have verified figures for the exact number of damaged schools in the country, the figure is likely to be in the thousands.”

Khan explained, “first of all, because we’ve seen shelling and attacks against schools, but secondly, because it’s often a source for many internally displaced people to seek shelter in those schools.”

She reiterated that “repairing schools will be a priority for UNICEF and the government,” so children can return early in September to “some form of safe blended learning. And really we see this not just for the learning opportunities, but also for the psychosocial support that’s needed for children, with peers, teachers and some sense of return to normalcy.”

The UNICEF Regional Director continued to call for “an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine to protect all children from harm.”

She said, “We recognize that every day that this war is continuing, its increasing the long lasting devastating impact on children in Ukraine, in the region and across the world.”

Khan said, “ultimately, we see that all we can do right now is provide temporary respite. But what is really needed is a cessation of the hostilities and peaceful return for children to be able to get back to some sense of normalcy. Where right now their futures have been shattered.”

United Nations YouTube Channel

Got a comment? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, below. Please note comments are moderated before publication.

About This Source - United Nations

The United Nations (UN) was established after World War II with the aim of preventing future wars. The organization is financed by assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states.

The UN’s chief administrative officer is the Secretary-General, currently Portuguese politician and diplomat António Guterres, who began his five year-term on 1 January 2017.


Recent from United Nations:

UN Chief trip to Mongolia, Nuclear Weapons & other topics – Daily Press Briefing (9 August 2022)

“Limited progress achieved so far in repatriating foreign terrorist fighters” – Security Council

China on Palestine – Security Council Media Stakeout (9 August 2022)

In This Story: New York

New York is a state in the northeastern U.S., known for New York City and towering Niagara Falls. NYC’s island of Manhattan is home to the Empire State Building, Times Square and Central Park. The Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan with the borough of Brooklyn. The iconic Statue of Liberty stands in New York Harbor. To the east, Long Island has beaches, the Montauk Lighthouse, the ritzy Hamptons and Fire Island.

1 Recent Items: New York

Ben Stiller Became A “Swiftie” While Teaching His Daughter How To Drive

In This Story: Ukraine

Ukraine is a large country in Eastern Europe known for its Orthodox churches, Black Sea coastline and forested mountains. Its capital, Kiev, features the gold-domed St. Sophia’s Cathedral, with 11th-century mosaics and frescoes. Overlooking the Dnieper River is the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery complex, a Christian pilgrimage site housing Scythian tomb relics and catacombs containing mummified Orthodox monks.

2 Recent Items: Ukraine

Cost of living: ‘Situation has changed due Ukraine war’

Ukraine war must end with liberation of Crimea from Russia, says Zelensky – BBC News

Leave a Comment

We don't require your email address, or your name, for anyone to leave a comment. If you do add an email address, you may be notified if there are replies to your comment - we won't use it for any other purpose. Please make respectful comments, which add value, and avoid personal attacks on others. Links are not allowed in comments - 99% of spam comments, attempt to post links. Please describe where people may find additional information - for example "visit the UN website" or "search Google for..." rather than posting a link. Comments failing to adhere to these guidelines will not be published.