Protect a Generation:
Children Cannot Wait
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, children were already facing a triple-threat to their rights from conflict, climate change and food insecurity. The pandemic is now reversing decades of hard-won progress advancing children’s access to food, education, healthcare, vaccinations, and protection. It’s the most marginalized and deprived children living in war zones, remote communities and refugee camps who are being hit the hardest. We must act now to protect a generation of children.
The deadly fire that ripped through the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, last week destroyed 163 learning spaces…
Children at Risk
It is estimated that some 235 million people will need humanitarian aid this year- a 40% increase since 2020– and an estimated half of them are children. This increase is truly shocking, and yet humanitarian responses are severely under-resourced, with large funding gaps in countries like Syria and Yemen – two countries where children need our support the most.
We are deeply concerned about the numbers of children at risk of acute and severe malnutrition and the education of more than 300 million pupils continues to be affected by the pandemic. Loss of learning can have life-long impacts and being out of school significantly increases the risk of child abuse, exploitation, child marriage or children dropping out of school permanently. Girls in crisis, including refugee and internally displaced girls are especially at-risk of gender-based violence and consistently face barriers to accessing protection services.
Half of all the children in need in 2021 live in just eight countries. Learn more about these children here:
Sarah, 12, Yemen
Sarah was displaced from her home and is now living in Hodeidah, Yemen. Because of the war Sarah is unable to access education: “My family and I have been displaced since the war started. I used to go to school every day, but now I don’t. I lost all of my school documents and certificates when I fled with my family from the deadly airstrike…Click to read story here.
Nida*, 22, Pakistan
Nida* 22 fled with her husband Javed* to Kos island, in Greece, from Pakistan while pregnant. The journey took 101 days. During their journey they were often left to sleep in the streets, without food or clean water. When Nida then 9 months pregnant arrived in Greece they had to sleep outside of the hotspot [camp] as there were no places available. … Click to read story here.
Shogofa, 9, Afghanistan
Shogofa’s* house was hit by a rocket during fighting in her hometown and was forced to flee to a camp in Mazar province with her family. She now lives in a tent with her mother, father, sisters and remaining brothers…Click to read story here.
Layla, 8, Sudan
Layla is from a nomadic tribe in Sennar state, Sudan. Life is very challenging for her and her family and they often live day-by-day without a regular source of income. Their home doesn’t have a toilet or any running water and they rely on sourcing water from their neighbours, which they store in plastic barrels and ceramic pots…Click to read story here.
Stephanie*, 15, DRC
Fifteen-year-old Stephanie* believes education is very important – especially for girls – and is an advocate for children’s rights.
She lives in North Kivu, in the far east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). North Kivu has experienced years of conflict and is currently the site of the world’s second largest Ebola Virus Disease outbreak…Click to read story here.
Nassir, 12, Ethiopia
Nassir is a 4th grade student in the Somali region in Ethiopia. He is out of school but thanks to Save the Children’s mobile library, he is able to continue his reading and learning at home… Click to read story here.
Aisha, 1, North East Nigeria
*Falmata is 28-years-old and lives in an IDP camp in Maiduguri in North East Nigeria. She is a married woman with six children, the youngest a baby girl who is just one-year-old.
Her baby daughter, Aisha*, has been suffering from malnutrition since birth, but she was unaware of this until a screening team diagnosed her on a visit to her home… Click to read story here.
Samira, age 14, Syria
Samira* and her family have been displaced for six years. They were displaced several times before settling in a camp in a town in northern Idlib, North West Syria, three years ago. All family members live in one tent, which barely fits them, and Samira’s father suffers from a mental disability. … Click to read story here.
Protect a Generation Petition
Canadian leadership is needed now more than ever.
We call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to boost Canada’s international assistance spending, including humanitarian aid, in order to address the needs of children in crisis. We also call on Canada to speak up for the rights of children in crisis by including their unique needs in upcoming global forums like the G7 and G20.
By increasing Canada’s global spending by just 1% of what we spend at home to battle the pandemic, we can help #ProtectAGeneration of children from the consequences of conflict, COVID-19 and climate change.
Children cannot wait. Act now for children everywhere by signing this petition.
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