By Matthew Roscoe • 15 March 2022 • 12:26
JUST IN: One child becoming a refugee every minute in Ukraine war. Credit: Twitter
ACCORDING to the UN, close to 1.5 million children have now fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24, meaning one child a minute has become a refugee.
UN spokesman, James Elder, made the shocking revelation on Tuesday, March 15, stating: “On average, every day over the last 20 days in Ukraine, more than 70,000 children have become refugees, … essentially one child becoming a refugee every minute since the conflict started,” as reported by the AFP.
Elder, spokesman for the UN children’s agency UNICEF, revealed the news to reporters in Geneva and followed it up with a tweet.
“We have now reached a mind-boggling 1.5 MILLION children who have been forced to flee Ukraine,” he said.
“That’s around 55 children every minute of this war. Or very close to one child becoming a refugee every single second since the war started!!”
The news comes after it was revealed by the UN that more than three million refugees have left Ukraine since the beginning of the war.
Last week, a Spanish charity said that the Spanish government needed to do more for Ukrainian refugees.
The Madrina Foundation called into question the refugee centres set up in Spain to accommodate those fleeing the war-torn country of Ukraine and asked whether the country could be doing more.
“The Spanish government says we can only take in only 6,000 refugees between the 3 centres in Madrid, Barcelona and Alicante, however, we believe for that up to 100,000 refugees could be taken into Spain – 10 per cent of those currently displaced by the war,” a statement read.
“If they are distributed in the empty parts of Spain and the government invests in transport, energy, health and rural university education, in order to fix the rural population, there is an opportunity for Spain to solve two problems – those displaced by the war and rural depopulation – with a single solution,” it concluded.
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