UNICEF / CHILDREN DISPLACED WORLDWIDE

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Conflict, violence and other crises left a record 36.5 million children displaced from their homes at the end of 2021, UNICEF estimates – the highest number recorded since the Second World War. This figure includes 13.7 million refugee and asylum-seeking children† and nearly 22.8 million children who are internally displaced due to conflict and violence. UNICEF

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21-22 JANUARY 2020, SOMALI REGION, ETHIOPIA

1. Wide shot, Awralyas Internally Displaced People (IDP) site, Korahe zone, Somali region, Ethiopia Awralyas Internally Displaced People site is hosting around 2,000 drought affected people.
2. Wide shot, Awralyas Internally Displaced People (IDP) site, Korahe zone, Somali region, Ethiopia
3. Wide shot of mother and her baby son in IDP camp
4. Wide shot, a mother, Dama Mohammed, fetches water in in Beda’as kebele, near the town of Denan. Her two children are helping her so they can take home the water for her cows which are too weak to make the journey

5 APRIL 2022, RHOE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

5. Various shots, drone shot, Rhoe Camp
6. Med shot, walkthrough Rhoe camp
7. Wide shot, child walks to school through Rhoe camp neighborhood

31 MAY 2022, KANYARUCHINYA, NYIRAGONGO TERRITORY, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

8. Drone shot, displaced families sheltered in an elementary school
9. Wide shot, a displaced child
10. Med shot, a displaced child
11. Wide shot, Tarpaulin shelters.
12. Wide shot, Mothers breastfeed their new-borns.
13. Wide shot, a displaced girl lies down in her camp shelter.
14. Close up, a displaced girl lies down in her camp shelter.

MARCH-APRIL 2019, ZA'ATARI CAMP, JORDAN

15. Drone shot, Za'atari Camp, Jordan
16. Med shot, a child enters her home in Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan
17. Med shot, a child sleeping in her home in Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan
18. Med shot, refugee family in Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan

MAY 2022, MARIB, YEMEN

19. Wide shot, humanitarian workers taking the RRM kits from the store to be distributed to Internally displaced people in Marib, Yemen.
20. Med shot, internally displaced children in the internally displaced camp in Marib, Yemen.
21. Med shot, humanitarian workers next to the car to distribute RRM kits for the internally displaced in Marib, Yemen.
22. Med shot, humanitarian workers next to the car to distribute RRM kits for the internally displaced in Marib, Yemen.
23. Med shot, humanitarian workers next to the car to distribute RRM kits for the internally displaced in Marib, Yemen.
24. Med shot, internally displaced children in the internally displaced camp in Marib, Yemen.

MARCH 2022, ISACCEA UKRAINE BORDER CROSSING TO ROMANIA

25. Med shot, people walking
26. Wide shot, crowd of people walking up ramp from boat
27. Wide shot, people women and children standing in line
28. Close up, little girl in a stroller smiling
29. Wide shot, little boy in the crowd waiting in line

25 MARCH 2022, KIWANDJA, RUTSHURU TERRITORY, NORTH-KIVU PROVINCE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

30. SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Jacques Simon, Chief of Communication:
"We came with the United Nations system to assess the situation following the tensions and fighting that have taken place recently and which have given rise to a movement of several thousand people, including several thousand children. For UNICEF, the concern is that these children have left their homes, left their communities and gone in all directions, so our concern is their protection, the fact that they are often without water and without medicine. For the next few days, the next few weeks, what we're concerned about is that they won't necessarily have their environment where there's school, where there's the protective umbrella and that's what we came here to see and the situation is concerning."
31. Wide shot, children prepare food in the IDP camp at Rugabo Stadium in Kitchanga
32. Various shots, a woman prepares food in the IDP camp at Rugabo Stadium in Kitchanga
33. Wide shot, Charline, 11 years old, in the IDP camp at Rugabo stadium in Kitchanga
34. Close up, Charline in the IDP camp at Rugabo stadium in Kitchanga

STORYLINE:

Conflict, violence and other crises left a record 36.5 million children displaced from their homes at the end of 2021, UNICEF estimates – the highest number recorded since the Second World War. This figure includes 13.7 million refugee and asylum-seeking children† and nearly 22.8 million children who are internally displaced due to conflict and violence.

These figures do not include children displaced by climate and environmental shocks or disasters, as well as those newly displaced in 2022, including by the war in Ukraine.

The record number of children displaced is a direct result of cascading crises – including acute and protracted conflicts such as in Afghanistan, fragility in countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo or Yemen and linked shocks exacerbated by the impacts of climate change. Just like fragility, child displacement is spreading fast. During the previous year, the global number of displaced children increased by 2.2 million.

"We can't ignore the evidence: The number of children being displaced by conflict and crises is rapidly growing – and so is our responsibility to reach them," said UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell. "I hope this alarming number will move governments to prevent children from being displaced in the first place – and when they are displaced, to ensure their access to education, protection, and other critical services that support their wellbeing and development now and in the future."

Crises like the war in Ukraine – which has caused more than 2 million children to flee the country and displaced 3 million internally since February – come on top of this record high. Additionally, children and families are also being driven from their homes by extreme weather events, such as by drought in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel, and severe flooding in Bangladesh, India and South Africa. There were 7.3 million new displacements of children as consequence of natural disasters in 2021.

The global refugee population has more than doubled in the last decade, with children making up almost half of the total. Over a third of displaced children live in Sub-Saharan Africa (3.9 million or 36 per cent), one quarter in Europe and Central Asia (2.6 million or 25 per cent), and 13 per cent (1.4 million) in the Middle East and North Africa.

As the number of displaced and refugee children reaches a record high, access to essential support and services like healthcare, education and protection is falling short. Only half of all refugee children are enrolled in primary school, while less than a quarter of refugee adolescents are in secondary school.

Uprooted children – whether refugee, asylum seeker or internally displaced – can face grave risks to their well-being and safety. This is particularly true for the hundreds of thousands of unaccompanied or separated children who are at heightened risk of trafficking, exploitation, violence and abuse. Children account for approximately 28 per cent of trafficking victims globally.

UNICEF urges Member States to adhere to their commitments to the rights of all uprooted children, including commitments established under the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and the Global Compact for Migration (GCM), and invest further in data and research that reflects the true scale of the issues facing refugee, migrant and displaced children.

UNICEF calls on governments to take six actions to achieve equal rights and opportunities for all refugee, migrant and displaced children:

1. Provide equal support to all children – wherever they come from;
2. Recognize refugee, migrant and displaced children as children first and foremost – with rights to protection, development and participation;
3. Increase collective action to ensure effective access to essential services – including health care and education – for all uprooted children and families regardless of status;
4. Protect refugee, migrant and displaced children from discrimination and xenophobia;
5. End harmful border management practices and child immigration detention; and
6. Empower refugee, migrant and displaced youth to unleash their talents and realize their full potential.
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