Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
16th June, 2016
According to the United Nations and UNICEF, 580,000 children have suffered during the war in Donbass.
I repeat. 580,000. Children… The scale of this figure does not fit in the head. 580,000 people – that’s more than the population of Nikolaev or the population of the two cities Sumy and Zhytomyr put together. A generation of war has already formed. A generation of children, through the eyes and fate of which there is war. War, which can be inherited by these children from the present adults. From our generation.
In two years of the conflict, 230,000 children were forced to leave their homes and to leave the territory of the conflict. Having lost everything, they fled in search of peace.
But what is even worse is, according to official data, the war has already claimed the lives of 68 children, and another 186 were wounded.
Children lost their mothers and fathers. These children, our children, see with their own eyes the endless blood, the explosions of shells and constant pain in the eyes of their loved ones. These children, our children, know that even a lack of water and food is not the worst thing that could happen to them. These children, our children, live in fear. These children, our children, lack the most basic household hygiene and essential medicines.
The generation of war is a scar on society. The scar, the consequences of which are unpredictable. The scar needs to be treated for a long time, guard diligently, to listen to sensitively, protect incredibly strongly.
Our society has clearly has this large scar. The continuation of the conflict is fraught only with its increase and toughening.
Children of the war need help. And they are helped. The humanitarian mission, providing assistance to the children of Donbass, of course, does everything possible to minimize the negative effects of war on children, not to lose the generation of war for the Ukrainian society. The Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Centre has already issued more than 600,000 food baskets for children, helped more than 2,000 seriously ill children, provided psychological assistance to almost 50,000 children, and improved the health of 2,800 children. Aid is really huge, but there is not enough.
But for them it’s not actually the most important thing. The most important thing to them is not to inherit this war. It is important for them to have time to grow in the world. The generation of children of war need peace. A real and complete world. A colorful world.