As the crisis escalates in Ukraine, the humanitarian situation for children in the country continues deteriorating. About two-thirds of the children are currently displaced either within Ukraine or to neighboring countries. Children continue to be killed, injured and deeply traumatized as a result of the horrendous violence taking place around them. They are frightened, in a state of shock and desperate for security, stability and protection.
© UNICEF/UN0642017/Bobyreva Maria is talking to her son, Artur, in Ivano-Frankivsk hospital
Since 24 February until 13 September 2022, more than 54 thousand citizens of Ukraine have arrived in Belarus (according to the State Border Committee). UNICEF in Belarus continues to support people affected by the conflict in Ukraine.
We have prepared information that will help you understand where to go if you need to:
Information for refugees in Minsk here.
Information for refugees in Minsk region here.
Information for refugees in Gomel region here.
Information for refugees in Grodno region here.
Information for refugees in Brest region here.
Information for refugees in Vitebsk region here.
Click here for information on immunization.
In addition, UNICEF, together with the Belarusian Red Cross, established information points for refugees coming from Ukraine to Brest region. At the Brest-Terespol Belarusian-Polish border crossing, as well as inside the Brest bus station, you can find stands with information resources on the most important contacts of assistance in the Republic of Belarus, as well as resources useful for families with children. Volunteers at those information stands will tell you where to go for help and will provide you with hygiene kits for families with children.
Please note that on 14 September 2022, the President of Belarus signed the Decree No. 360. Amendments were made to the Decree No. 420 dated 30 August 2014 “On the stay of citizens of Ukraine in the Republic of Belarus”. Now it applies to all refugees from Ukraine (not only to those from Lugansk and Donetsk regions) and expands their rights to education, health care, social protection and employment in the country. The new version of the decree also regulates access to benefits and exempts from payment of various taxes and fees associated with registration in the country.
Together with partners, we distribute gift certificates (vouchers) to families to help prepare for the school year. Gift certificates will allow you to buy in specialized stores school supplies, clothes and other things needed for schooling. We distribute vouchers through our partners - Red Cross. To get help, please contact any of the Red Cress offices near you.
We are transferring humanitarian aid to affected families through our partners. 889 children and 424 adults have already received hygiene kits, clothes, educational materials, toys, etc. If you need help, please contact any of the Red Cress offices near you.
Together with partners, we opened "safe space" rooms for children. They work on the premises of selected socio-pedagogical centers (SPC) and territorial centers of Red Cross. Children and their parents can receive psychological and psychosocial assistance in those centres.
Psychologists can conduct individual or group sessions with children, including the drawing sessions. In addition, they provide advice to parents and caregivers on dealing with children’s stress and supporting a child in crisis situations.
Where can I approach for help in Brest region?
Where can I approach for help in Gomel region?
In addition, children and teenagers can seek free psychological help at Youth-Friendly Centres. Their addresses and phone numbers can be found here.
We spoke with experts and compiled recommendations on how to support a child in a crisis situation and get through a difficult time.
In Brest and Gomel regions, interdepartmental groups of specialists reach out to Ukrainian families with children who need humanitarian assistance. If you know of families who need help, please contact Brest and Gomel Regional Social and Pedagogical Centers, as well as SPCs at the place of residence.
We thank our partners and all the individuals who have donated and supported the refugees. If you also want to support families with children from Ukraine, go here.