World“The war in Ukraine is a tragedy of children”: how minors find...

“The war in Ukraine is a tragedy of children”: how minors find themselves at the heart of the conflict

FOCUS- While a pediatric hospital was hit by the Russian offensive in Mariupol, a million children, sometimes left to fend for themselves, fled the bombardments.

As the Russian offensive intensified in south-eastern Ukraine, a pediatric hospital was targeted on March 9 in Mariupol, leaving 17 people injured and three dead, including a little girl. One “heinous war crime“, denounced the European Union. Since the start of the war, 71 children have lost their lives, according to Liudmyla Denisova, human rights officer at the Ukrainian parliament.

This war is a tragedy of the child», alert to the Figaro, Philippe Cori, UNICEF Deputy Director for Europe. From Poland, he observes the massive arrival of women, grandmothers and children, sometimes even unaccompanied. Orphans or with parents who remained on the front line, there would be several hundred unaccompanied minors. Like little Hassan, 11, who arrived at the Slovakian border with only a plastic bag, his passport and a phone number written on his hand.

We are seeing very large population flows, adds the deputy director…

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