20 May 2016

Op-Ed: Children fleeing conflict deserve more than razor wire and border fences

Innsbruk, Austria, May 20, 2016 An Op-Ed published in The Guardian by SOS Children's Villages calls on world leaders to prioritize the protection of children in crisis. The piece was published in advance of the World Humanitarian Summit set to take place on May 22-24, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.  The piece was written by Carsten Völz and Andreas Papp of SOS Children’s Villages International.

Below is a short excerpt: 

"Nearly 60 million people are displaced by conflict and crisis – an unprecedented number in modern times. More than half are under 18, creating challenges for host communities that must provide education and care for children who have lost their families or are separated from their loved ones.

Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, says next week’s humanitarian summit in Istanbul offers “a turning point in the way we address the challenges facing our common humanity”. His framework for the summit – Agenda for humanity – calls on everyone to do more to help those in need and build a safer world.

But to lay any claim to success, the summit must prioritize the protection of the youngest and most vulnerable in humanitarian emergencies. Children often bear the brunt of separation, neglect, abuse and trauma."

Read the full article on The Guardian.