Uprooted: The growing crisis for refugee and migrant children
Children are at the heart of one of the biggest movements of people in history. One in every 45 children in the world today is on the move. They may be labelled “refugee,” “displaced” or “migrant.” But first and foremost children are children. No matter where they come from, no matter who they are. Period.
Children are not responsible for the bombs and bullets, gang violence or shriveled crops and low wages driving them from their homes. But theyare always the first to be affected by war, climate change and poverty.
Here’s one shocking statistic: The number of child refugees has risen 77 per cent in five short years. Astounding. Their voice, their plight and the issues they face must be heard. It is our job to do this.
United Nations Secretary-General