Ukraine: Security Council urged to ‘put aside’ divisions, end ‘senseless war’ |
Speaking from Hungary, where nearly half a million Ukrainians have sought safety, she updated that Neighboring countries are including refugees in national education, health and social programs.
“Although the sheer scale and speed of displacement are immense, we must ignore the significance of these numbers.”
Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees @KellyTClements United Nations Security Council briefing on Ukraine from Hungary, outlining the impact of the war on ordinary people. pic.twitter.com/U9irg7hNtx
– UNHCR, UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) April 19, 2022
“This inclusive approach – no ban – is the best way for refugees to sustain their lives in exile, and it requires more international support.”
The UN also estimates that another 13 million people are in the worst-affected areas, many unable to move and difficult to safely access aid.
In addition to blankets and cash
“No piles of blankets, no cash, no medicine, will stop death and destruction”, emphasized the Deputy High Commissioner. “While we will continue our work to deliver aid, we need this Council to do its job.”
Noting that she had just returned from the Czech Republic and Austria, where she described the affection and solidarity as unprecedented, Ms. Clements said her visit, which will continue to Slovakia, complements her visit. High Commissioner Filippo Grandi, including Ukraine, and Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, Raouf Mazou – who is currently visiting Moldova and Romania.
While the scale and speed of displacement are enormous, she urges the Council not to lose sight of the significance of these numbers.
Ms. Clements shared the story of a 25-year-old woman from Odessa – whom she met in Prague – who was forced to leave her family to stay in Ukraine.
“Each of the millions of displaced people is forced to make impossible and heartbreaking decisions,” she said.
The senior UN official also recounted that “considerably consistent” acts of humanity were seen in messages of support posted on apartments, windows and street lights as well as individuals rallied. to give what they can.
Moreover, The countries involved have kept their borders open, providing protection for those seeking safety and aid..
“We urge that to continue in a non-discriminatory way for all in need,” she said.
Ms. Clements points out that these inspiring responses are only surpassed by the strength and composure of those who continue to be courageous and resilient.
Above all, she said, they emphasized their hope for peace so they could return home.
© IOM / Alissa Everett
“We will continue to extend life-saving aid to internally displaced people throughout Ukraine”, affirmed Ms. Clements, especially in the center and east, where a brutal humanitarian nightmare is taking place.
This requires not only resources, but safe and unfettered access to those in need, she said.
High risk of human trafficking
Director General of the International Organization for Migration (International Organization for Migration)IOM) Antonio Vitorino warns that Increased targeting of cities will result in more civilian casualties and displacement, both internally and externally..
I have just briefed the United Nations Security Council on the needs of internally displaced persons, those forced to flee their homes to neighboring countries, and all those affected by the war. paintings in #Ukraine.
I repeat @antonioguterres‘urgent appeal for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire. pic.twitter.com/RQqC7UOlFo
– António Vitorino (@IOMchief) April 19, 2022
He called on parties to the conflict to uphold their international law obligations to protect bomb-free people, their homes and civilian infrastructure.
Highlighting some of the specific risks faced by internal migrants, refugees and third-country nationals, Mr. Vitorino warned that in mass displacement situations, up to 30% of the population will experience some form of negative psychological impact.
He voiced particular concern about women and children who have fled or been displaced.
Human trafficking is a well-known phenomenon in the region and past crises have demonstrated that large-scale displacement, family separations and disruption of civil and community protection networks cause This individual is vulnerable to violence, exploitation and abuse.
The IOM The Chief of Police called on all neighboring and affected countries to ensure the immediate identification and registration of unaccompanied and separated children fleeing Ukraine.
Understanding the needs of refugees
Going forward, Mr. Vitorino called for a better understanding of the intentions of fugitives; people who are forced to leave their homes; and those who have been separated from their families by conflict.
IOM will continue, through its teams in the field, to collect and disseminate information critical to this effort, targeting actions to improve the well-being of all those affected by war.
“As more and more people are potentially displaced, it is important to plan ahead and ensure that all people fleeing war have access to adequate support and services.s”, emphasized the Director General.