Across the globe, nearly 50 million children have been uprooted, with 28 million fleeing brutal conflict and millions more escaping extreme poverty. This figure includes millions of children caught in wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and the South Sudan — in more than a dozen countries. This figure also includes children driven from their homes by violence or deprivation and forced to make difficult and dangerous journeys abroad, children who are out of school and don’t know when they might return.
This child refugee crisis is the worst since World War II — a humanitarian emergency that demands immediate action. Whether these children are migrants, refugees or internally displaced, they are all children first. They don't choose where they're born. They urgently need — and deserve — our help now.
UNICEF is responding to this crisis across four continents: delivering lifesaving supplies to children and their families fleeing escalating violence in the Middle East and Northern Africa, providing water and tents to create safe spaces for the growing wave of children moving through Europe and working to improve the lives of children fleeing violence and abuse in Central America.
Speak up, speak out! Join our letter writing campaign urging President Obama and other government leaders to do the following at the upcoming United Nations summits on the world’s refugee and migrant crisis:
work closely with UNICEF to ensure that the basic needs of 50 million child refugees and migrants are met;
guarantee these children’s rights to education and family; and
protect these children from abuse, trafficking and exploitation, no matter why they are displaced, where they are from or where they end up.
The world needs the United States to insist child refugees and migrants are at the top of the agenda — write a letter to President Obama today.