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Canada war in Ukraine. UNICEF alerts the millions of Ukrainian children trying to flee the country

17:35  12 april  2022
17:35  12 april  2022 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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While Europe knows a flood of refugees ever seen since the Second World War, UNICEF alerts The situation of Ukrainian children who, with women, account for 90% of refugees who have fled Ukraine.

more than 4.6 million Ukrainian refugees fled their country from the invasion ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24, according to the figures of the High Commissioner for Refugees Tuesday 12 April 2022. Europe Did not know such a flood of refugees since the Second World War.

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Some 90% of those who fled Ukraine

are women and children , the Ukrainian authorities do not allow the departure of men of age to wear arms.

Terrified Families

The war in Ukraine has a devastating effect on the country's 7.5 million children, alert UNICEF.

"While the fighting continues, the humanitarian needs are multiplying an hour. Children are killed, other wounded, and all are deeply traumatized by the surrounding violence. Families are terrified, in shock and desperately seek security ", reports the United Nations Fund for Children, which calls for support children and families.

"Attacks using explosive weapons continue to target dwellings, schools, hospitals, water supply systems, power plants and places where civilians find refuge", notes UNICEF.

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risk of trafficking and exploitation

UNICEF also warns against the

"increased risk of trafficking and exploitation" to which children fleeing war in Ukraine are also exposed.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), about 210,000 non-Ukrainians also fled Ukraine, sometimes experiencing difficulties in returning to their home country. The UN estimates to 7.1 million the number of displaced within the country, according to IOM figures published on April 5th.

In total, it is almost 12 million people, more than a quarter of the population, who had to leave their homes or crossing the border to win the neighboring countries, either by finding refuge elsewhere in Ukraine.

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