Thursday 26 April 2018

28 million children driven from home by conflict - UNICEF

A Syrian refugee child (AP)
A Syrian refugee child (AP)
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

A new UNICEF report claims that nearly 50 million children have been uprooted worldwide and 28 million of those were driven from their homes by conflict and violence.

Children fleeing conflict or seeking a better life elsewhere face grave dangers on the journey: drowning on sea crossings, kidnapping and trafficking, starvation and even rape and murder.

UNICEF Executive Director said "Indelible images of individual children - Aylan Kurdi's small body washing up on a beach - have shocked the world. But each picture represents many millions of children in danger."

According to the report, children represent about a third of all refugees, and that proportion is growing. More children are crossing borders on their own; the number of unaccompanied child asylum seekers tripled to over 100,000 between 2014 and 2015.

The report also highlights child refugees' lack of access to services and the fact that a refugee child is five times more likely to be out of school than a non-refugee child.

The report urges governments to give all refugee children access to education and healthcare and to prioritise keeping refugee families together for protection of children.

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