The world is witnessing a rapid escalation in the number of people forced to flee from conflict, wars and persecution in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, moving toward countries of transit, such as Greece, Italy, Serbia, Lebanon and Egypt, seeking safety and relief of suffering in countries like Germany and other open, border European nations. Save the Children has allocated funding from our Children's Emergency Fund to respond to this crisis.
Approximately half of the 19.5 million registered refugees globally are children and youth. Their number is growing dramatically as a result of escalating crises in places where violence, persecution and conflict are uprooting entire populations. Children and families are fleeing out of fear for their lives and embarking on perilous journeys. Many hope for the chance of a better life and the opportunity for asylum. But while they are on the move, they are extremely vulnerable.
Save the Children has been responding to crises around the world for almost 100 years. We quickly moved to meet the growing needs of children and families on the move, allocating funding from our Children's Emergency Fund to respond to the crisis in several locations. Save the Children seeks your generous support for our Child Refugee Crisis Appeal, which will help us reach desperate children across Europe and in other locations, such as Aleppo and Syria.
We initiated a rapid needs assessment at informal refugee camps at the most affected areas. We are moving forward with child protection initiatives to build the capacity of government authorities and civil society organizations to help vulnerable children - especially those who are unaccompanied - and to coordinate a protective environment for children in informal camps. We will continue to assess the situation as it develops and adapt our response as the situation changes.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).