World Vision Staff speaking to Ivan, a refugee from Ukraine

What's happening in Ukraine?

FAQs and how the conflict in Ukraine is putting children at risk

Following the dramatic escalation of an eight-year conflict, huge numbers of people are arriving at Ukraine's borders with only what they can carry. In many places there are long waits to cross and scant facilities waiting for them on the other side, with temperatures dropping below freezing overnight.

The aid effort is fully underway and DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) member charities are responding directly or through local partners.

Refugees crossing the border into Romania, many of them children
The current conflict is having a significant impact on the lives of children.

Why are Ukrainians being forcibly displaced?

Homes have been destroyed or are unsafe. Housing has been blown apart by shelling and airstrikes across Ukraine.

Essential healthcare services have been hit. The World Health Organization says oxygen supplies are dangerously low, with trucks unable to transport oxygen from plants to hospitals across the country, including the capital Kyiv.

Learn more: What is a refugee crisis?

Why are children at high risk?

When emergencies hit, children are often the most at risk. Many children have witnessed violent acts and seen relatives drafted into military service. With homes destroyed, families separated and schools inaccessible, children are not only endangered now but face an uncertain future.

Protection and psychosocial support is required if children and families are to rebuild their lives.

Ivan
I’m scared. I want to cry because all my friends are in the city.

Ivan

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What’s the potential long-term impact of the current crisis in Ukraine?

Children who have been separated from their parents and families during displacement from their homes and communities face heightened risks of violence, exploitation, and abuse.

According to Shabia Mantoo, spokesperson for UNHCR the conflict in Ukraine could result in Europe’s largest refugee crisis this century, with economic consequences set to impact child poverty far beyond Eastern Europe.

Where can I make donations to help Ukrainian Refugees?

World Vision is one of many DEC charities working to meet the immediate needs of all people fleeing with food, water, medical assistance, protection and trauma care.

Your donation today will allow World Vision to respond to the urgent needs of children and families who have been forced to flee their homes.

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What is World Vision doing to help Ukrainians affected by the conflict?

We’re in Romania responding to the urgent needs of children and families who have been displaced.

Alongside partners, we are helping to provide hygiene kits, protection and psychosocial support including child friendly spaces.

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