More than 200,000 children in war-torn Donbas need psychosocial aid - UN

More than 200,000 children in war-torn Donbas need psychosocial aid - UNMore than 200,000 children, or one in four, in eastern Ukraine require urgent and sustained psychosocial support.

This is reported by Ukrinform citing the UN News Center.

“The world has forgotten about this invisible crisis in eastern Ukraine, but hundreds of thousands of children are paying a heavy price, one that could last a lifetime without adequate support,” said UNICEF Ukraine Representative Giovanna Barberis in a news release, stressing the urgent need for funding to reach these traumatized children.

According to her, children, who are living in Luhansk and Donetsk regions within a radius of 15 kilometers from the contact line, suffer the most. They are in chronic fear and uncertainty due to sporadic shelling, unpredictable fighting, and dangers from landmines and other unexploded ordinance.

As noted, many children risk their safety to get an education. Seven schools were damaged during the most recent escalation of violence in February and March, and more than 740 schools, or one in five, in eastern Ukraine have been damaged or destroyed since the conflict began in 2014.

UNICEF is appealing for $31.2 million to support these children and their families.

“Children should not have to live with the emotional scars from a conflict they had no part in creating. Additional support is needed now so that young people in Donetsk and Luhansk can grow into healthy adults and rebuild their communities,” said Ms. Barberis, calling on all sides of the conflict to recommit to the ceasefire signed in Minsk and end this senseless violence.
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