STAFF ACCOUNT: “The world must not turn its back on the one million Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar.”
The Rohingya refugee arrivals from 2017 have endured six years of disasters in the camps, including cyclones, floods and landslides.
Save the Children was the first global organization devoted solely to serving children’s needs, protecting them from harm and securing their rights. Today, we champion the rights of the world’s 2.3 billion children.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread globally, hundreds of millions of children face increasing threats to their safety and well-being – including violence, gender-based violence, exploitation and separation from caregivers. These threats could be even more severe for children living in countries experiencing instability and conflict.
We know the world’s children deserve better. Our 100-year history of responding to emergencies has given us the expertise and the global presence to deliver what’s needed now for children.
12-year old Salem* and his family had to flee their home when ISIS took control of their village and it was no longer safe for them to live there.
• In some of the world’s worst disasters, we have led advocacy efforts that ensure children’s needs are a top priority.
• When an emergency hits, we are on the ground within 72 hours, saving lives and providing protection.
• We have created more safe spaces for children in emergencies than any other humanitarian organization.
• We are global leaders in family reunification, helping to support children and families as they flee unimaginable horrors.
• We helped achieve a 25% decline in child marriage worldwide.
• As the national leader in protecting children in emergencies, we’ve been on the front lines meeting children’s most critical needs in every major disaster since Hurricane Katrina.
Today, the mental health of children living in conflict is more at-risk than ever — more than 14% of children worldwide are estimated to have a mental health disorder. But less than 1% of funding on global health goes to address children's mental health and well-being. It’s not enough. They need more.
Worldwide, there are nearly 25.9 million refugees, over half of whom are children. Child refugees desperately need protection from a wide range of violence, including abuse, exploitation and neglect.
Child marriage represents the devastating end of childhood for 40 million girls worldwide. It not only violates her rights, but risks her life, the lives of her children and the future of her community.
Child trafficking is a crime – and represents the tragic end of childhood. Children account for 27% of all the human trafficking victims worldwide, and two out of every three child victims are girls.
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