Monday 20 November 2017

Children are suffering in this catastrophic refugee crisis

A woman carries a child as refugees arrive at the port of Piraeus, Greece. Getty Images
A woman carries a child as refugees arrive at the port of Piraeus, Greece. Getty Images
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

The news that around 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees have vanished in the heart of Europe is mind-blowing. Children have suffered unspeakable anguish as a result of child sex exploitation.

Children are primary victims of poverty and violence, and often find themselves in hazardous situations at the mercy of paedophiles and drug traffickers, as well as suffering sex slavery, illnesses and low-wage jobs.

We must also bear in mind the vast cultural differences between European and Middle Eastern civilisations, which could have acted as a catalyst for the sex assaults in Cologne, and which could be exploited by far-right parties against refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

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