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Eyes on young refugees.

Refugee Situation

  • In 2019 around 46 million people were displaced in their own country – including around 19 million children and young people.

In 2016 there were 50 million children and young people…

  • 27 million children were unable to go to school in 24 conflict-affected countries in 2016.
  • 77 percent of those under 25 report that they have been mistreated, exploited or even victims of human trafficking.

All around the world

  • An average of nine children were killed or injured each day in Afghanistan during the first nine months of 2019.

  • Due to a lack of aid and the spread of COVID-19, the number of malnourished children in Yemen could rise to 2.4 million by the end of 2020.

Over eleven million are dependent on humanitarian aid.

  • According to UNICEF, a child in Yemen dies every ten minutes as a result of preventable diseases or malnutrition.

All facts provided by Unicef Austria.

  • About 4.7 million children – a third of all Iraqi children – across Iraq need help. Almost two-thirds of children in need live in areas outside the control of the government.
  • Attacks on children in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger are increasing – almost 5 million children will need humanitarian aid in 2020.
  • Around 7 million children in West and Central Africa leave their homes every year due to poverty, lack of prospects, terror and environmental disasters.

The bigger picture

Xenophobia and racism are growing in Europe as it hasn’t for decades. Terrorist attacks from the right had been heavily present in german media for the last 18 months. At the same time refugee camps grow over their poor capacities and corona compounds the situation further. 

The media is not covering these stories anymore and so it also disappears from society’s mind. 

Now is the time to show humaneness – it was done before – to build up solide base of common tolerance and acceptance for the future.

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