Children tied up and adults in cots: the terrible conditions in Ukraine’s orphanages

  • Ruth Clegg
  • Producer, Disability, in Ukraine

image source, bbc news


Vasyl was sent to an institution when he was five years old.

It is a hot day and although Vasyl Velychko has been tied to a bench for hours, no one who hears his screams will untie him.

The 18-year-old is one of the thousands of disabled people who live in orphanages in Ukraine. The BBC gained access to five institutions and found widespread abuse and mistreatment, including restrained adolescents and adults lying in cots for years.

Human rights investigators say that Ukraine should not join the European Union until it closes these institutions.

Before the war with Russia, the Ukrainian government said it would reform the system.