200 000 children attend schools during hostilities in Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

Over the past four years of the conflict in Ukraine, hundreds of schools have been destroyed and damaged
17:04, 6 May 2018
In the east of Ukraine, 200,000 schoolchildren are forced to attend school in conditions of hostilities. This is reported by DW referring to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

"Children study in schools where bullet holes are visible, and windows are covered with sandbags, bombproof shelters in the cellars, and shell fragments remain in the courtyards. The education system in eastern Ukraine has been cross-fired for more than four years," said the head of the UNICEF office in Ukraine Giovanna Barberis.

According to the organization, over the last four years of the conflict in Ukraine, hundreds of schools have been destroyed and damaged. In particular, during the last 16 months -  minimum 45 schools were damaged.

"UNICEF and partners reported at least eight cases when military facilities and objects of armed groups were located within 500 meters of kindergartens and schools, and in two places they were located only a few meters from educational institutions. In addition, since the beginning of the conflict, damage received another 700 schools in the east of Ukraine," the UN Children's Fund said in a statement.

UNICEF noted that the threat to children - it is located on both sides of the line of demarcation in Donbas military facilities, in particular ammunition warehouses and checkpoints.

As reported, the film "School No. 3", showed the lives of children in the front-line school in Donbas, won a prestigious award at the Berlinale Film Festival.
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