Every child has inalienable rights
All children on the move – no matter where they come from or what their migration status – deserve the same care and compassion as any other child. It doesn’t matter if they’re a refugee, migrant or citizen. A child is a child.
The children we’re seeing on the news have an inalienable right to protection. Keeping them safe with their families is not negotiable.
Political leaders are disregarding their duty of care to children. With little remorse, they are sweeping aside the sacred principle that every child deserves protection.
This is a terrifying prospect for children on the move and for our common humanity.
Time for action, time for hope.
Children in crisis deserve our shock and our grief but more than anything, they deserve our help. It is not enough to simply watch in sadness – we can and must take action for children who are still in danger.
Whether on our doorsteps or in remote camps, children fleeing crisis need help to survive today and to thrive in the years to come.
85% of the world’s refugees are living in developing and middle-income countries which are woefully under-resourced to meet children’s needs.
As monsoons bear down on the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh, flooding is putting Rohingya children at dire risk
of cholera and other deadly diseases. They urgently need safe water and soap to prevent an outbreak that could spread through crowded tents with devastating speed.
2.4 million Syrian children are now living as refugees in the neighbouring countries of Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Eqypt. Having escaped relentless violence, they are struggling to survive, learn and live out their dreams in sprawling tent cities. Too many have become malnourished after years of deprivation. They need therapeutic food and medical care to survive and grow up strong.
But aid must be more than food, water and medicine. Children on the move and in chaotic camps need trained experts
to protect them against exploitation and abuse.
Over 173,800 refugee and asylum-seeking children are separated from their parents or have been forced to flee on their own. They need help to find their families members or to be welcomed into other safe and caring households in their communities.
The scale of the global refugee crisis is staggering but these are so much more than numbers. Every child escaping from war, disaster and persecution has an important story to tell. Has a real laugh and real dreams.
Has the same right to a decent childhood and hopes for a long, bright future. Only a good education can arm them with the skills and confidence they need to rebuild their lives and, one day, their own countries.
Children are not giving up and neither can we.