Displaced and on the road to somewhere. This defines the lives of the more than 28 million children who had been forced to flee their homes as of 2016 — unfortunately, these numbers are a part of a growing trend.
We define a “child on the move” as any child forced to flee their home. This may be due to war, local violence, extreme famine in the areas where they live, extreme poverty, lack of opportunity, or persecution. Children are displaced in their own countries or have crossed international borders, including via human smugglers, by boat, or by foot. A child on the move is a child who has experienced extreme stress and who is vulnerable.
This past summer, World Vision USA worked with global partner offices to release a report that highlights this issue across contexts and highlights what can be done to end violence against children on the move. Every child has a different story but common threads of courage, fear, resilience, and facing violence tie their experiences together.
Inside the Report
The report reflects on the violence children face that pushes them to flee, violence children face during displacement or migration, and violence they may encounter when they arrive at their destination. Inside you see a snapshot of what is possible to end violence against children on the move. Drawing on World Vision’s experience in South Sudan, Uganda, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, Central America, and East Asia, the report offers five critical elements to address violence against children on the move.
- Creating safe environments
- Strengthening child protection systems
- Ensuring safe access to education
- Challenging attitudes, norms, and behaviors
- Empowering children as agents of peace.
As we continue to hear news reports about the plight of any children on the move, let’s educate ourselves on their situations and continue to pray for their safety and wellbeing.
Photo: Azida, her son Lunus, and her newborn baby in front of a World Vision tent in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. World Vision has distributed 100 tents and 6,500 shelter kits among the refugees here in partnership with International Organization of Migration. ©2018 World Vision, Md. Golam Ehsanul Habib.