ChildFund Alliance Statement of Solidarity with Ukraine
ChildFund Australia as part of the ChildFund Alliance is gravely concerned about the safety and well-being of children, their families and communities throughout Ukraine in the aftermath of the Russian invasion on 24 February 2022.
The full-scale military attack is the latest in an ongoing conflict that has killed thousands of people in the country since 2014, many of them children. “We are seeing Russian military operations inside the sovereign territory of Ukraine on a scale that Europe has not seen in decades,” states the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres.
ChildFund Alliance’s member organization, ChildFund Deutschland, has been working in Ukraine since 2004 in a variety of programmatic areas and in all major regions of the country. ChildFund Deutschland is acting quickly to provide emergency services to children and their families.
Humanitarian assistance will be guided by the four principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. ChildFund aims to provide the most vulnerable people with critical humanitarian relief supplies and services, regardless of where they are.
Margaret Sheehan, CEO of ChildFund Australia, said: “In Ukraine, children and their families have had their world ripped apart. What should be a time of education, growth and a typical childhood experience is now marred forever. ChildFund Australia stands with ChildFund Deutschland as we collaborate to provide support on the ground by supplying food and other basic items as well as a counselling program for children and families affected. Immediate response is critical.”
Prioritizing children’s protection, their rights and well-being is urgently needed now more than ever. ChildFund Alliance calls on all parties to respect and uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law and avoid all forms of violence against children.
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