During the four years of the war, the government has not yet developed a separate program for the rehabilitation of children living in the zone of armed conflict and internally displaced children. The MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC Natalia Korolevska during the meeting of the Committee on Family, Youth Policy, Sports and Tourism.
“The children of the East during all the years of the war are deprived of any support from the state. For example, according to official data, only in the Luhansk region more than 60% of children do not have the opportunity to improve their health. There is no government initiative aimed at solving this problem! Therefore, together with women participating in the Inter-Factional Association “Women. Peace. Security”, we registered draft Resolution No. 8546. Its adoption will enable thousands of children living in war conditions to become healthier in Ukraine’s sanatoriums,” the MP noted.
She voiced shocking figures, indicative of a large-scale social catastrophe in the East. According to the UN, today more than 500 thousand children of Donetsk and Luhansk regions need immediate humanitarian assistance. About 19,000 children are constantly at risk of exploding on unexploded ordnance, 12,000 children live in populated areas that are constantly being bombarded. In addition, 20,000 teenage children live in a 15-kilometer zone on both sides of the demarcation line.
During the discussion, the members of the Committee unanimously supported draft Decision No. 8546 and decided to send to the Cabinet an official request to urgently consider and resolve this issue.
“The situation is very complicated and only charitable organizations are working on its solution, which in the literal sense of the word save the lives of children. If the state does not interfere in the situation, the humanitarian crisis in the Donbas will have irreversible consequences. We take the situation under personal control, we demand that we adopt a resolution and provide for funding in the budget for 2019,” Natalia Korolevska stressed.