UNICEF ber om 4 milliarder til flyktningkrisen

UNICEF sendte i dag en ny appell hvor vi ber om 4 milliarder kroner til den syriske flyktningkrisen.

Pengene skal brukes både for å hjelpe syriske barn som har kommet til Europa men også for å dekke mer av det særdeles underfinansierte arbeidet i Syrias naboland hvor det store flertallet av flyktningene oppholder seg. Les hele appellen.

Pressemeldingen fra UNICEF:

UNICEF launches new appeal to support refugee and migrant children in Europe

US$14 million needed to care for children on the move

Geneva / New York, 25 September – UNICEF is appealing for US$14 million to assist refugee and migrant children in Europe, following an 80 per cent increase in the number of children on the move into the continent – many escaping conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

A total of 133,000 children sought asylum in the European Union between January and July 2015 - an average of 19,000 children every month, according to the latest available Eurostat data. One in every four asylum seekers is a child.

“With so many children on the move, and with winter in Europe approaching, our priority has to be caring for these children now,” said Ms Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF’s Special Co-ordinator for the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe. “Working alongside governments and other partners across Europe, wherever our support is needed, UNICEF will do all it can so that refugee and migrant children are safe, healthy and that their rights and dignity are fully respected.”

Amongst the range of assistance covered by the UNICEF appeal for the coming 12 months is:

  • support for services such as child-friendly spaces at reception centres,
  • provision of child health and nutrition information to families,
  • support to education and learning programmes,
  • technical support and guidance to government and other partners, in areas such as child rights and child protection, provision of psychosocial support, prevention and response to violence, and protection against trafficking, and
  • support and protection to unaccompanied and separated children.

UNICEF is also offering assistance to European governments so that their policies and procedures with regard to refugee and migrant children are always implemented in the best interests of children, and in line with internationally accepted standards.

As the numbers of child refugees and migrants arriving in Europe has increased in recent months UNICEF has already ramped up its support in Croatia, Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and is offering its support to governments and local partners to identify needs in Greece, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria.

UNICEF also emphasizes that its humanitarian programmes in Syria and neighbouring countries, where together some 7.6 million children are in need of assistance, remain seriously unfunded. Of the US$903 million required for 2015, only about half of that amount has been secured so far this year.

 

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Helene har harbeidet som kommunikasjonsrådgiver i UNICEF Norge i 6 år

Gjennom jobben reiser hun en del i felt for å dokumentere UNICEFs arbeid. Helene arbeidet for UNICEF i Liberia, i forbindelse med Ebolaepidemien 2014/2015 og jobbet med krisekommunikasjon på regionkontoret til UNICEF i Vest- og Sentralafrika i 2016.

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