Children fleeing Ukraine conflict ‘disappear’ at borders


Ukrainian children fleeing war are missing and many are at risk of being kidnapped by smugglers as 2.5 million refugees have massed at the borders, aid groups say.

Aid workers are seeing many children sent to neighboring countries alone by desperate parents, and with no one to meet them as they cross the border, according to The Guardian.

“This is obviously extremely distressing for a child and can lead to them wandering around the station alone, disoriented and in the worst case scenario completely disappearing. This is unfortunately not a hypothetical case – it has happened before”, said Karolina Wierzbińska, coordinator of Homo Faber, a human rights organization based in Lublin, Poland, “We are also already receiving reports of cases of human trafficking.”


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The non-profit organization warns refugees, especially women, against volunteers holding cardboard signs at border posts offering to drive them through Europe.

A woman holds a child in her arms as refugees queue for onward transport at the Medyka border post.
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A Ukrainian child stands near the gates while waiting to board a bus in Medyka, Poland.
A Ukrainian child stands near the gates while waiting to board a bus in Medyka, Poland.
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Many children are sent across the border alone by desperate parents.
Many children are sent across the border alone by desperate parents.
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“I guess 90% of these men were well-meaning people offering genuine help. Nevertheless, the situation itself was extremely chaotic, potentially frightening for anyone, let alone someone already in distress. We cannot rule out that a fraction of those in the crowd were simply criminals, waiting to take advantage of vulnerable women,” she said.

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