Shocking new figures reveal one Ukrainian child has become a refugee almost every second since Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine launched his invasion.
More than three million people have fled. Russian bombs since the war started on February 24, the United. Nations said on Tuesday.
Of these people, at least 1.5 million are children – with roughly 55 kids leaving for neighboring countries per second.
Traffickers are likely to be targeting the vulnerable. Putin invaded Ukraine as they arrive in unknown places. James Elder, spokesperson for the. UN Children’s Fund has warned.
‘To give a sense of the border that. I used to visit – the main border, Medyka, Poland too. Putin invaded Ukraine– it is scores of people standing around buses and minivans calling out names of capital cities – or at least it was a week ago – people getting onto those’, he said.
‘The vast, vast majority, of course, are people with wonderful intentions and great generosity, but there is no doubt given what we understand of trafficking in. Europe, that that remains a very, very grave issue.’
Nine in 10 of those fleeing are women and children as. Russia’s military offensive against civilians was ‘reaching terrifying proportions, UN says.
But countries like Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and. Germany is offering hope to those displaced amongst the tragedy.
Pictures show children getting the chance to play on swings and draw as they rest in refugee centers following grueling journeys.
Berlin Hauptbanhof, one of. Europe’s biggest train station has transformed as a greeting point for tens of thousands of people who have been forced to leave their homes and livelihoods behind, The Local reports.
Volunteers help carry the bags of those arriving before guiding them to information points and stalls with supplies.
A Covid testing center, food and drink hall, and free cat and dog kennels are also available.
Volunteer Tamara Cayman. 37, brought along a trolley full of old art supplies she had – something that has quickly escalated into a fully-fledged ‘kids corner’.
The freelance designer says Ukrainians are arriving more exhausted as time goes on.
‘One [trend] is that there are a lot more people, and refugee centers in Berlin are already full’, she said.
‘Another trend is that the more time is passing, the worse the state of the people who are arriving.