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REFUGEE AND MIGRANT CRISIS

Hundreds of thousands of refugee and migrant children have made their way to Europe and many are still on the move right now. The journey is taking an enormous physical and psychosocial toll on children who are exhausted, scared and psychologically distressed. Every one of these children is in need of protection and is entitled to the rights guaranteed under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

UNICEF works with the Government of Serbia and partners to improve standards, child protection systems, policies and practices in order to respond to the protection needs of children and families on the move. This crisis represents an unprecedented challenge because the refugees and migrants want to proceed as rapidly as possible to their destination.

UNICEF, thanks to generous donations from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) and the Government of Japan, has set up child-friendly spaces and mother-and-baby corners. In these safe places, children can rest, play and receive psychosocial support by qualified professionals who can best understand and respond to their needs, while women can breastfeed their babies in privacy and if needed, prepare and provide age-appropriate food for their children. UNICEF has also been providing children with appropriate clothes and hygiene items are made available to mothers.

 

 
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