Written By: Malea Otranto, End Trafficking Project
January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
The International Labor Orginization estimates there are about 21 million trafficking victims worldwide. That’s more than the entire population of Scandinavia - including Norway, Sweden and Denmark. That’s three times more than the population of New York City. That’s more than double the population of Australia.
I don’t know what I really expected from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF field visit to Ghana, but whatever those expectations were, they were exceeded! For me, the visit was all about the people – people whose lives are very different than mine, but who feel like brothers and sisters to me.
Here are the things I will remember about my brothers and sisters in Ghana –
For children, 2015 was the worst of times and the best of times—to paraphrase Charles Dickens. This holiday season, we invite you to join the U.S. Fund for UNICEF as we reflect on how the world’s children have fared this year.
2015 was one of the most challenging years for children in a long time. Here are three reasons why.
NEW YORK (December 29, 2015) – Almost two years to the day when a toddler became the first victim of Ebola in West Africa, UNICEF welcomed the declaration that the outbreak has ended in Guinea, but cautioned that the thousands of children orphaned by the disease, as well as those who survived infection, will need continued support.
NEW YORK (December 22, 2015) – Violence and attacks against civilian populations in northeastern Nigeria and its neighboring countries have forced more than 1 million children out of school, UNICEF said today.
The number of children missing out on their education due to the conflict adds to the estimated 11 million children of primary school age who were already out of school in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger before the onset of the crisis.
NEW YORK (December 18, 2015) – “The year, 2015, will be remembered for the heartbreaking image of a lifeless little boy on a beach – one of many who came before him; one of many who came after him. It was a year that saw hundreds of thousands of children and their families on the move leaving behind conflict violence and persecution, on an odyssey of hope through Europe. It was the year of mass displacement. And the end is not yet in sight.
NEW YORK (December 17, 2015) – More than 16 million babies were born in conflict zones in 2015 – 1 in 8 of all births worldwide this year – UNICEF said today, a figure that underscores the vulnerability faced by increasing numbers of children.