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UNICEF Estimates Number Of Children Affected By Donbas Conflict At 1 Million

UNICEF Estimates Number Of Children Affected By Donbas Conflict At 1 Million

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The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates the number of children in urgent need of humanitarian assistance as a result of the conflict in Donbas at 1 million.

UNICEF Ukraine announced this in a statement, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

According to the statement, the increase in the number of such children by 420,000 is due to the continued fighting and the steady deterioration of life in eastern Ukraine, where some 1.7 million people have been internally displaced, and many families have lost their incomes, social benefits, and access to healthcare, while the price of living has sharply risen.

UNICEF said that 19,000 children in a 15-kilometer zone on both sides of the “line of contact” face constant danger from landmines and other unexploded ordinance and 12,000 children live in communities shelled at least once a month. In addition, thousands of children are regularly forced to take refuge in improvised bomb shelters.

More than 740 schools (1 in 5 in eastern Ukraine) have been damaged or destroyed, UNICEF said

UNICEF once again called on all the sides involved in the conflict to immediately recommit to the ceasefire signed in Minsk in August 2015 and to respect international humanitarian law, including allowing unrestricted humanitarian access.

UNICEF is also appealing for USD 31.3 million to provide health and nutrition support, education, clean water, hygiene and sanitation as well as protection for children and families affected by the conflict. According to UNICEF, approximately 10 per cent of the appeal has been funded as of February 17.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, UNICEF has expressed concern about the suspension of the educational process for 2,500 children in Avdiivka (Donetsk region).

UNICEF estimated the number of children affected by the conflict in Donbas at 580,000 in June 2016.

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