The Most Vulnerable of Refugees
"What's important is that these children on the move are children. And they should be treated as children."
"They deserve to be protected. They need access to services, such as education."
Ted Chaiban, UNICEF director of programs, Geneva
"Children do not bear any responsibility for the bombs and bullets, the gang violence, persecution, the shrivelled crops and low family wages driving them from their homes."
"The world hears the stories of child refugees one child at a time and the world is able to bring support to that child, but when we talk about millions it provokes incredible outrage and underscores the need to address the growing problem."
Emily Garin, author of Uprooted: The Growing Crisis for Refugee and Migrant Children
"Every child that has suffered, died, is a reminder of this huge
challenge that we face. Every one of them deserves our help."
"In some places, like Eritrea and
northern Nigeria the children are fleeing violence and conflict -- their
parents are almost sending them ahead of them because its safer to flee
than it is [to remain] where they are."
parents are judging that their children would be safer to move than to
stay put and that's a terrible decision."
"All of these children, whether they're fleeing Central America and gang
violence or war in Africa or from Syria are threatened by traffickers
and smugglers and they desperately need our protection and our help in
getting an education and a future."
Justin Forsyth, deputy executive director,
Labels: Afghanistan, Child Welfare, Refugees, Syria, United Nations