Over 7 million children crossing borders in West and Central Africa: UN

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A boy walks on a sand bank surrounding a refugee camp in M’bera, Mauritania. Photo: UNICEF/Dragaj

More than 7 million children are crossing borders in West and Central Africa in search of safety or a better life, a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has found.

The vast majority of child migrants are uprooted by violence, poverty and climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa, the report underscores.

However, the region lacks sufficient protection systems – both within and across borders – to ensure the safety and wellbeing of refugee and migrant children.

Patrick Rose, UNICEF's Crisis Communications Specialist for West and Central Africa, spoke to Jocelyne Sambira on the line from Dakar.

He began by sharing some of the highlights of the report.

Duration: 4'17''

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