UN concerned for 100,000 children in Ukraine institutions, boarding schools


GENEVA (AFP) – Nearly 100,000 children reside in establishments and boarding schools in Ukraine and parental consent needs to be sought earlier than evacuating them overseas through the Russian invasion, the United Nations (UN) stated Monday (March 7).

The heads of the UN companies for refugees and for children made a joint plea for weak children caught up in the disaster to flee the battle.

Unaccompanied and separated children fleeing the escalating battle in Ukraine have to be protected, Unicef chief Catherine Russell and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi stated.

But in the circumstances of these with residing family members or authorized guardians, households ought to “under no circumstances” be separated on account of relocation, they stated.

More than 1.7 million individuals have fled Ukraine because the Russian invasion on Feb 24 – amongst them lots of of 1000’s of children.

“Many are unaccompanied or have been separated from their parents or family members,” Ms Russell and Mr Grandi stated, urging all vacation spot international locations to make sure their fast identification and registration.

While short-term foster or neighborhood care presents crucial safety, they stated, “adoption should not occur during or immediately after emergencies”.

“Every effort should be made to reunify children with their families when possible, if such reunification is in their best interest,” they stated.

Ms Russell and Mr Grandi stated that almost 100,000 children, half of them with disabilities, have been residing in institutional care and boarding schools in Ukraine – lots of them having residing family members or authorized guardians.

“We have received reports of institutions seeking to move children to safety in neighbouring countries or beyond,” they stated.

Though humanitarian evacuations will be life-saving, it’s crucial that the consent of their mother and father or guardians be granted, the pair stated.

“Under no circumstances should families be separated as a result of relocation or evacuation movements,” they burdened.

Meanwhile these legally accountable for children in establishments should make sure that evacuations are reported to the authorities in each Ukraine and the arrival nation, and, so far as attainable, with their identification papers and case recordsdata.

Follow The Straits Times’ reside protection on the Ukraine disaster right here.

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