Six years of active fighting have had profound consequences on the lives of people in conflict-affected Donetska and Luhanska oblasts of eastern Ukraine. The conflict has severely weakened the protective environment around children in Ukraine making them even further vulnerable to violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect.
In this context, the CP AoR objective is to ensure a coordinated, predictable, accountable and effective response by humanitarian organizations to the child protection concerns stemming from the current conflict in Ukraine. CP AoR partners are working to rebuild the protective environment around children as well as to strengthen the resilience within the children themselves.
2020 Response plan in numbers
The conflict in Donetska and Luhanska oblasts in eastern Ukraine continues to take a significant toll on the lives of more than five million people. Since 2014, thousands of civilians have been killed and/or injured in the hostilities that are most intense near the ‘contact line’ – the 427-km-long line that splits the affected areas into those under the Government’s control (GCA) and those outside it (NGCA). Landmines and ERW continue to kill and maim people, especially in rural areas.
Landmines and ERW accounted for 35 per cent of conflict-related civilian deaths in 2019. Some two million men, women and children continue to live in mine-contaminated areas in GCA. In NGCA, it is not possible to assess the level of mine contamination due to limited humanitarian access, but it is likely to be significant.
Beyond causing death and physical injury, the continuing violence in the ‘conflict-affected’ areas has also negatively impacted the psychological well-being of ordinary people. Almost eight in 10 household members in communities close to the ‘contact line’ feel a threat to their lives due to clashes. The elderly, children, the disabled and women are particularly vulnerable. Children living near the ‘contact line’ regularly experience direct shelling and exposure to landmines and explosive hazards.
With over half a million children in need of humanitarian assistance in the ‘conflict-affected areas’, a generation is growing up surrounded by violence and fear, compromising their future.