OUR CHILDREN HAVE TO WALK ALONG A MINED PATH TO SCHOOL, THAT EVEN GOOGLE MAPS «HAS PAVED A WAY», OKSANA KOLIADA IN UN
During her speech at the plenary session of the 74th United Nations General Assembly, the Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine Oksana Koliada showed a photograph.
«This is a photo of children from the occupied territory. Every day 10 children from the occupied village of Staromaryivka get to school in the Ukrainian-controlled village of Hranitne. 4 kilometres along a mined path and dilapidated masonry. This happens so regularly that Google Maps has paved the way», – said Oksana Koliada, demonstrating relevant picture to the foreign public.
This situation is, unfortunately, not unique, more than 100,000 Ukrainian children live in front line areas of Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts where mine action education is relevant. Since 2014, 7 children have been killed by mines and 29 were injured.
«It is our common task that the children of Ukraine, all over the world, would never have to face the realities of war, wouldn’t have to learn types of mines, but would have fun and enjoy life»,‒ noted Minister for Veterans Affairs.