Half of all refugees are children. Having fled conflict, persecution and devastation they now face a dangerous and uncertain future – living in appalling conditions in refugee camps and while travelling the world’s key migrant routes. Many lack sufficient food, clean water, shelter and medical care and are traumatised by their exposure to violence, bereavement, prolonged stress and fear. Most are unable to attend school regularly. Child malnutrition, disease and psychological damage are widespread.
Attempts by governments to prevent refugees from entering their territories have forced families along more dangerous migrant routes that endanger children’s lives and leave them at the mercy of unscrupulous people smugglers. When they reach their destinations, they are often met with suspicion, discrimination and even imprisonment while their asylum claims are processed.
SOS Children’s Villages is at the forefront of providing vital care, support and emergency aid to refugee children. We support internally displaced and refugee children around the world, including those fleeing the Syrian conflict and the violent persecution against the Rohingya community in Myanmar.