British actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom arrived in war-torn Ukraine on Sunday. The star met the children at the Spilno center, which ensures that the youngest can return to normal childhood for a while. He also spoke with President Volodymyr Zelensky. The actor announced his visit on social media.
“I came to Ukraine. I was here for the first time in 2016 and I never would have guessed that from then on, the war would cover the whole country. But today I was lucky enough to hear the laughter of children at the UNICEF-supported center Spilno. It’s a safe, warm space for children to play, learn, and where they can receive psychological support,” Orlando Bloom wrote in a post posted on Instagram on Sunday.
The actor pointed out that “Spilno” means “together” in Ukrainian. “There are over 180 such centers here. The one I visited today was built deep in the subway to ensure children’s safety. Parents can leave their children here for a few hours each day and give them a sense of normality – they can play games here and be “The center is equipped with plenty of arts and craft supplies that allow children to express themselves creatively, away from the pressures of growing up in a war zone. Children in Ukraine need their childhood back,” Bloom said.
Meeting with President Zelensky
Bloom emphasized that war destroys childhood. “Thousands of schools in Ukraine have been damaged or completely destroyed. Nearly 2.7 million Ukrainian students have been forced to study remote or hybrid. About 1.5 million Ukrainian boys and girls are at risk of depression, anxiety and other psychological problems,” wrote the actor in another post on Instagram.
“We all know what this aggression has brought about and how full-scale international efforts must be to stop it and rebuild Ukraine after the war.”
During his visit to Ukraine, Orlando Bloom met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. As he said, during the conversation they discussed humanitarian aid projects, as well as the issues of rebuilding the country, taking into account the interests of the youngest. “UNICEF and our teams will work in several directions to bring (Ukrainians) closer to victory and return Ukrainian children to a happy childhood,” wrote the actor and UNICEF ambassador.
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