Every day, children are forced to flee conflict alone
Alone, afraid and vulnerable to exploitation
The world’s wars and disasters are causing unimaginable suffering to the most vulnerable amongst us: children.
In the conflict and upheaval that forces families to leave their homes, thousands of children become separated from their parents or lose them to violence. They are left with no choice but to endure long journeys to safety on their own.
With no one to care for them, they struggle to find shelter, food and water. Refugee children, particularly girls, are at a greater risk of gender-based violence. Their education is halted and they’re confronted with the trauma of losing their families and everything they ever loved.
Alone, they risk slipping through the cracks.
UNHCR is working tirelessly to protect unaccompanied refugee children from South Sudan and other conflict-affected countries such as Syria, Venezuela and Myanmar.
We are working to:
- Quickly identify unaccompanied children during an emergency
- Provide them with shelter, food, water and medical care
- Shield them from child marriage, trafficking and exploitation
- Reunite them with family members or find foster families
- Rebuild children’s lives through psychosocial support in child-friendly spaces
But most importantly we’re helping orphaned or unaccompanied children meet other children, play games and remember what it’s like to be a child again.