UNICEF Is Aiding Families and Children Fleeing Crisis in Ukraine
Sustainable Development Goals: 16
- SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
As the crisis intensifies in eastern Ukraine, more than 500,000 people have fled their homes in search of safety. Between 3 and 5 million people could seek refuge in neighboring countries in the next few months. On February 27, 2022, UNICEF spokesperson James Elder spoke with families in Ukraine as they made their way to the border of Poland, some 31 miles away. "This border is packed with cars that have come for days and days to get to this point," he said. Some families were continuing on foot, in freezing temperatures.
UNICEF is on the ground in Ukraine, working around the clock to scale up operations when the easing of access and security limitations permit humanitarian aid to be rolled out in the hardest-hit areas. In addition, the humanitarian community is quickly mobilizing emergency financing to facilitate an effective, wide-scale humanitarian response in Ukraine and neighboring countries. UNICEF is calling for an immediate ceasefire and reminds all parties of their international obligations to protect children from harm and ensure that humanitarian actors can quickly and safely reach children in need.