Millions of children are without access to critical child protection services around the globe
Unicef has appealed for $3.9 billion to support its work for children in humanitarian crises around the globe.
As millions of children living in different countries are being affected by conflict and disaster and lack access to vital child protection services, putting their safety, well-being and futures at risk, Unicef has urged the global community to step up and take a stand.
Addressing the issue, Unicef Executive Director Henrietta Fore said: “Today, millions of children living through conflict or disaster are suffering horrific levels of violence, distress and trauma.
“The impact of our child protection work cannot be overstated. When children do not have safe places to play, when they cannot be reunited with their families, when they do not receive psychosocial support, they will not heal from the unseen scars of war.”
According to the estimates made by Unicef, more than 34 million children living through conflict and disaster lack access to child protection services, including 6.6 million children in Yemen, 5.5 million children in Syria, and 4 million children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Adding to the conversation, Unicef Director of Emergency Programmes Manuel Fontaine said: “Providing these children with the support they need is critical. But without significant and sustained international action, many will continue to fall through the cracks,
“The international community should commit to supporting the protection of children in emergencies.”
Since August 2017, more than 730,000 Rohingyas, including 400,000 children, have fled violence in Myanmar and sought refuge in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
Despite the enormous challenges of the magnitude and extreme speed of the influx, Unicef extended life-saving services to over 1.2 million refugees and affected host communities.
A total of 380,000 people were provided with access to safe drinking water, 145,209 Rohingya children got basic education, 20,000 children under five were treated for severe malnutrition, and 1,235,475 persons over one year old received oral cholera vaccine.