By-products Of The Ensuing War
On its official website, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – the UN Refugee Agency or the global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people – has mentioned that the number of Ukrainian refugees, due to the Russian-Ukraine War, has touched more than one hundred three million and fifty thousand (103,050,000) since February 24, 2022. While the number of Ukrainians registered as refugees in various European countries is slightly more than 6.3 million, fewer than 3.8 million Ukrainians have been registered to receive services related to temporary security from various sympathetic countries. The UNHRC, which updates the information on its website every Friday, has mentioned that the world is facing the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War.
Often, Statistics don’t tend to show the exact picture… at least, immediately. In the past six months, the UN, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and other Human Rights organisations have expressed serious concern about the Ukrainian women and children, who have been forced to be refugees due to the war. During the era of Monarchy, common people had to suffer the most during wars. Even Democracy has failed to stop war. Still, women and children suffer a lot during a war. According to the UNHCR, nearly 90% of the Ukrainian refugees are women and children. The Government of Ukraine has already prohibited men, between the ages of 18 and 60, from leaving the country.
Meanwhile, the UNICEF has claimed that two million Ukrainian children left the country by the end of March (2022). While more than one million children have taken shelter in Poland, others have arrived in Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Furthermore, the number of internally displaced Ukrainian children has touched 2.5 million, as the war has destroyed their childhood. The global media are concentrating mainly on the impact of the Russia-Ukraine War on the oil market and also on the global economy, but not on Ukrainian children. Perhaps, the Global Community considers the separation of millions of children from their families as mere by-product of the war.
The post-Second World War society, history, literature and films portrayed how the children had paid the price of their loss for a long time. As far as tragedy is concerned, there was no difference between the Jewish children and the children of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Ukrainian children are no exception to this. Many organisations, including UNICEF, are of the opinion that a larger war is being waged alongside the battlefield… the fight to save Ukrainian children from torture, trafficking, exploitation, discrimination, to provide food and school education, et al.
It is easy to take a side during a war between the two parties. However, one needs an insight into humanity, as well as empathy, to see what is happening outside her/his eyes. History shall never forgive the Global Community, if the world chooses to turn a blind eye to the situation of the Ukrainian children.
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