UKRAINE / DISPLACED CHILDREN

21-Oct-2022 00:02:17
As missile attacks by Russian armed forces have increasingly struck cities across Ukraine during the month of October, targeting civilian infrastructure as people are taking children to school, the need for child protection services and access to safe spaces for children has never been felt more keenly since the start of the war. UNTV CH
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STORY: UKRAINE / DISPLACED CHILDREN
TRT: 2:17
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: UKRAINIAN / NATS
DATELINE: RECENT - LVIV, UKRAINE
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot and traveling, entering Lviv city
2. Wide shot, tram passing by
3. Wide shot, Lviv mayor’s office with poster of Azuvstal “Free Mariupol Defenders.”
4. Med shot, sandbags in front of windows
5. Med shot, cars passing next to war graffiti on the wall
6. Wide shot, Lviv city center, pedestrian zone
7. Med shot, lady passing by military nets on sidewalk
8. Med shot, man entering Shelter “FC Shakhtar Donetsk.”
9. Wide shot, reception of shelter
10. Close up, Ukrainian flag
11. Close up, poster “Football for Peace” - FC Shakhtar
12. Wide shot, people sitting on mattresses
13. Med shot, people sitting on mattresses
14. Close up, Teddy on bed
15. Med shot, lady walking in UNICEF Blue dot center
16. Med shot, UNICEF staff talking to a little boy
17. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Yulia Repina, centre staff, SPILNO:
“We do different activities with the children. There are sessions with psychologists every Sunday and different classes: painting and football. Our objective is to keep them busy because these kids are constantly under stress”.
18. Med shot, elderly woman cutting clothes for military nets
19. Med shot, women putting clothes together to a military net
20. Med shot, boy showing his game on cell phone
21. Wide shot, children playing on the floor
22. Close up, painting
23. Med shot, little girl playing puzzle
24. Med shot, UNICEF staff hugging a little girl
25. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Yulia Repina, centre staff, SPILNO:
“Here we have children who come running from shelling. They are very stressed, and we need to keep them busy with something. So that they could take change focus, calm down a bit and rest a little from all these horrors that they saw”.
26. Close up, interactive map of fighting on frontlines on screen
27. Med shot, little girl, sitting under table
28. Med shot, UNICEF staff hugging girl
29. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Yulia Repina, centre staff, SPILNO:
“All the children are very cool. Every child is a part of you, which is a bit tiring because they are leaving and sad about it. They pass by, write, call us and myself - and this is really great, … but many of them are going abroad, and most probably it will be somewhat calmer and safer for them there. This is good.”
30. Wide shot, people preparing food in kitchen
31. Wide shot, group of boys sitting and eating
32. Med shot, elderly lady sitting and eating
33. Wide shot, families having lunch
34. Close up, little boy waving into the camera
35. Wide shot, exterior, flower in a sandbag on a sidewalk
STORYLINE
As missile attacks by Russian armed forces have increasingly struck cities across Ukraine during the month of October, targeting civilian infrastructure as people are taking children to school, the need for child protection services and access to safe spaces for children has never been felt more keenly since the start of the war.

Lviv, the western Ukrainian city, located some 60 kilometers from the Polish border, has become a transit point for families fleeing fighting in eastern, southern, and central Ukraine.

More than ten so-called “SPILNO Child spots” are supported by UNICEF in the Lviv region.

They offer safe spaces for children and their families and the chance to learn, play and make new friends after months of the war.

Since the onset of the war in February 2022, several thousand families have registered in one of the biggest shelters here in Lviv, where they’ve been received by volunteer workers of the football club FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

Families staying at the shelter include people who have lost everything or whose homes are now under Russian occupation. It’s a new start and new friends for the children at the SPILNO spot.

“We do different activities with the children,” explained Yulia Repina, a SPILNO centre staff working with the children at an integrated Child Spot in an IDP center in Lviv.

“There are sessions with psychologists every Sunday, different classes: painting, football as well. Our objective is to keep them busy because these kids are constantly under stress,” said Repina.

Repina and her colleagues are hosting around 50 to 60 children per day.

For them, the “SPILNO centres” provide a safe, welcoming space to rest, play, and simply be a child at a time when their world has been abruptly turned upside down in fear and panic, and they are facing the trauma of leaving family, friends, and all that is familiar.

They can benefit from psychosocial support such as art therapy from trained staff to meet their unique needs.

“Here we have children who come running from shelling. They are very stressed, and we need to keep them busy with something. So that they could take change focus, calm down a bit and rest a little from all these horrors that they saw”, said Yulia Repina.

Some families stay here for a couple of days, while others will have to stay longer as they lose their documents and need to request new ones before moving onward to other European countries, or they try to find a new place to rent in Lviv.

On average, internally displaced people (IDP) stay for one month.

During that time, children and parents are involved in all the activities at the shelter, such as cooking, cleaning, and military sewing nets.

For Repina, “all the children are very cool. Every child is a part of you, and this is a bit tiring because they are leaving, and they are also sad about it”.

She added that “they pass by, write, call us and myself - and this is really great, … but many of them are going abroad and most probably it will be somewhat calmer and safer for them there. This is good.”
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