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What to do if the child is without parents and adults

The President’s wife, Olena Zelenska, advises Ukrainians to be careful and, if a child is found unaccompanied by adults, contact the police or relevant services, reassure the child and try to find out the contacts of relatives.

She published her advice on Telegram, Ukrinform reports.

“In one of the evacuation buses that arrived from Azovstal in Zaporozhye, there was a little girl in the back seat. Four-year-old Alisa was riding next to an unfamiliar woman, because the Russians left her mother in a filtration camp on the territory of the so-called “DPR”. I.e. Frightened, little Alice flees the occupation herself, because her mother is in captivity. Can you comprehend this horror? Can this happen in the heart of Europe? Unfortunately, yes,” Zelenskaya said.

She added that this is just one case out of thousands that are still unknown.

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Olena Zelenska recalled that, according to the latest data, the hotline of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada received requests to search for almost 1,900 missing children.

“Therefore, we have prepared a comprehensive material in the Handbook of barrier-free access”How to act and where to report if you see a child without adults”, she said.

The President’s wife advises to adhere to the following recommendations:

– make sure that the child is really alone, and not the adults have gone somewhere;

– if the child needs serious medical attention, call an ambulance;

– reassure the child, ask his name, try to find out the phone number of relatives;

– ask the child if he knows his address and when he was last at home;

– report the child to the police or the nearest child welfare office. If you cannot wait for their arrival, agree on a telephone conversation whether you can transfer the child to the administration or employees of the nearest hospital, train station, bus station, etc.

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“The main thing is to record everything that happens, with which of the services you are talking. And let’s be mutually sensitive, because there are no other people’s children, especially in war,” the first lady urged.

As reported, the hotline of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada received requests to search for missing 1889 children.

During the evacuation from the territory of the Azovstal plant, the Russian invaders separated the woman and her little 4-year-old daughter Alisa. The mother remained in the filtration camp on the territory of the so-called “DPR”.

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