Children uprooted in the Caribbean

How stronger hurricanes linked to a changing climate are driving child displacement

On 11 September, Tiquani Lewis, 9, stands in a damaged classroom at Adrian T. Hazell Primary School, in South Hill District, on the island of Anguilla – which was hard hit during Hurricane Irma.


Child Alert is a briefing series that presents the core challenges for children in a given crisis location at a given time. This issue examines the impact of a changing climate on the rights and well-being of children in the small island developing states (SIDS) of the Caribbean region.

In the past five years, the number of people internally displaced by storms and flooding increased six-fold in the Caribbean SIDS. The Child Alert takes stock of the link between climate, extreme weather events and forced displacement of children and families in the region. It also outlines child-sensitive actions under way to protect children and families. Finally, it calls on governments to take steps to help communities prepare and recover from catastrophic storms and protect children displaced by disasters related to climate change.

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