One in three migrants in the world is under the age of 30
Since 2017, UNICEF and partners supports uprooted children under the care of the three transition and orientation centers (CTOS) managed by the Niamey Directorate of child Protection while the rest are supported by COOPI, an international NGO. There is evidence that almost all children were severely tortured, and abused by notorious human traffickers, while transiting through the Sahara Desert and in Libya.
In Niger, UNICEF is supporting the Government to ensure that programmes and policies in response to the migration crisis put the rights and needs of all children first. UNICEF is working to expand humanitarian services wherever they are needed on refugee or migration routes, including providing water and age-appropriate food and establishing child-friendly spaces, where children can play and benefit from psychosocial support, and women can rest and take care of their babies.
UNICEF considers the suffering and discrimination of migrant children is unacceptable and preventable.
No child should be separated from his or her parents or detained, and children should never grow up in fear of detection and deportation.
Thanks to support from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the RDPP NA Programme, the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, and the EU - UNICEF is helping migrant children have access to support, education and protection.
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