UNICEF STATEMENT ON WORLD REFUGEE DAY: On the run and at risk
NEW YORK, 20 June 2014 – “As violence plagues Syria and other countries across the region, record numbers of displaced children are seeking sanctuary in Europe, putting them at increased risk – both from the perils of the Mediterranean crossing and the uncertainty of what awaits them in host countries. Many more child refugees are expected as ‘boat season’ increases the number of people attempting to make their desperate journey.
“Child refugees, many of whom are unaccompanied, are often detained in unsafe and unsuitable conditions. They are also far more vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, and other violations of their rights.
“Every child is entitled to the protections set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; few need them more than child refugees. On World Refugee Day, UNICEF calls on governments to provide child refugees with the same care, services, dignity and protection as all other children.
“Through no fault of their own, these children have already lived through trauma beyond the ability of most people to endure; when they seek a safe haven, they should receive exactly that.”
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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