“Of all the images left by the war, there is one that remains stuck in the retina and is repeated over and over again in the brain: that of the children whose parents put them on a train bound for the border”, reflects the journalist of EL PAÍS Margaryta Yakovenko in this video. They are the most vulnerable victims of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, which began 20 days ago, and have been forced to separate from their families or give up the only thing that had occupied their time until then: enjoying childhood.
Calculations by UNICEF, the UN agency for children, put at 7.5 million children in Ukraine who have been trapped in the middle of the conflict and who require urgent help and protection. Of the more than two million displacements that the conflict has already caused, more than half are minors, according to the institution.
This Monday, the United Nations organization has prepared a brief guide explaining the different ways to help. The European Union, in an unprecedented way and with the intention of helping families who have managed to flee the country, has activated the 2001 directive that allows Member States to host an unlimited number of refugees from Ukraine, who are guarantees protection and work permit. Thinking of those who have remained there, however, UNICEF recommends channeling the aid through economic donations that allow them to get the necessary supplies.
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