Child Refugees : How EU and the World is failing them!

While the war in Syria is in full swing and Syrians are compelled to abandon their homes, fleeing for freedom, in the hope of a better life in Europe. There is still nothing new under the sun, the Old Continent and the rest of the World are struggling to handle this chaotic situation which has turned into Europe’s worst refugee crisis since the Second World War. The ugly truth is that there is a record number of unaccompanied minors that have applied for asylum in Europe and are waiting, in its doorsteps, in the cold! Among all the migration-related issues, the Child refugee problem remains a critical one and EU cannot continue turning a blind eye to it!

Save Syria by Saving its Children…

Europol, the European Police agency, revealed that more than 10,000 children refugees who entered Europe during the last two years have vanished into thin air! “Not all of them will be criminally exploited; some might have been passed on to family members. We just don’t know where they are, what they’re doing or whom they are with.” reported Brian Donald, Europol’s Chief. Unicef has reported that more than 80 percent of Syrian children are suffering in this conflict, living in poverty, working instead of going to school or marrying young to survive. Other facts, the war has put 2.6 million children out of school and half of the refugees on the run – estimated at 2 million – are children! If there is 1 conclusion to draw from these facts and figures, it’s our failure – EU, USA and every other nation on this planet!

Syria: Reduced to Chess pieces

Nowadays, Syrian refugees have been reduced to chess pieces, starting with France and Britain. The former blackmailing to use them against Britain if the latter quits the European Union. Then, Turkey, soldier of fortune, is simply using them as a threat against the EU if more financial assistance is not provided. Many other EU countries have closed borders, and thousands of refugees are trapped at the Greek-Macedonian frontier. It seems that Europe has lost its soul by giving up on humanity!

Ending the refugee crisis is synonym to ending the Syrian conflict, but no solution is in sight for now. Unquestionably, protecting Children from abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violence, whatever their origin, whether Syrian, Pakistanese (recent cowardly attack at a children’s playground), Nigerian (Chibok kidnapping by Boko Haram) or Honduran (minors affected by conflict in Honduras, fleeing to Mexico), should become a priority and everybody’s business not just UNICEF‘s and Save the Children’s responsibility!

The future of these children is at stake! They have already lost so much, their homes, loved ones, schools and communities… Let’s not kill their chances of building a future!

How to make Child protection become a foremost priority? Share your thoughts!

Picture above: Courtesy of World Vision Org ©

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