The now year-long violent slog of war in Ukraine has taken an enormous toll on the country. And there is no end in sight to the fighting. No one questions the fact that stopping the Russian aggression and ending the killing is Ukraine’s – and the world’s- top priority.
That said, we are also deeply concerned that the impact of the war on Ukraine’s children is already posing a serious threat to the country’s future. A devastating combination of widespread psychological trauma and educational disruption among Ukraine’s youngest citizens bodes poorly for them and for the future of Ukraine more broadly.
It’s difficult to overstate how traumatic this past year has been for Ukraine’s kids.