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How many displaced children survived combat action and occupation – research

Saturday, 18 February 2023, 12:17

77% of displaced Ukrainian children witnessed Russian attacks and bombings, 73% hid in a bomb shelter and almost 30% survived the occupation.

Source: the Children and War research conducted by the SOS Children’s Villages organisation

Four per cent of little Ukrainians went through the Russian filtration camps, and nearly eight per cent of children survived hunger and no access to drinking water.


The members of the organisation also found out what the needs of internally displaced people with children are.

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"While conducting the research we found out what the most acute needs of these families are. Over 50% cannot find a job in a new place, 36% have accommodation problems, 34% have an acute problem with warm clothes," reports Andrii Chernousov, expert of the Kharkiv Institute of Social Research.

Researchers state that 33% of internally displaced persons faced discrimination in new hromadas (administrative units designating a town, village or several villages and their adjacent territories – ed.) because of their status, and 21% faced discrimination during the search for accommodation and attempts to rent it.


Researchers also point out that there are not enough social workers, and in some territories they are absent at all.

Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, over five million internally displaced persons have been registered in Ukraine.

According to unofficial reports, the number of internally displaced persons is significantly bigger – seven million people. These are mainly families with children from Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk and Kherson Oblasts.

Over 300 interviews with internally displaced families from all over Ukraine were conducted during the research. In addition to this, specialists from the Kharkiv Institute of Social Research held in-depth interviews with experts in children's rights and their protection. The research is investigative and shows the current situation and main problems of families with children after their displacement who are in need of humanitarian reaction and help.

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