Editor’s Note: This post was originally published by Refugee Law Project on Saturday 16 June 2018 at 22:47hrs.
For those who missed the statement that RLP published on the Day of the African Child, I urge you to find time to read and reflect on this statement which can be accessed via the link; https://refugeelawproject.org/files/events_and_press_releases/Day_of_the_African_Child_2018.pdf
As we commemorated the Day of the African Child on 16 June 2018, Refugee Law Project joined the international community, and more so, the African continent, to drum up more support for inclusive and sustainable development for children.
Under the themes “Leave No Child Behind for Africa’s Development” (international) and “Leave No Child Behind for Uganda’s Development” (national), this year’s commemoration specifically targeted children who are not benefiting from Africa’s growth and development.
The statement spells out how refugee children ought to be included in the planning, implementation & monitoring of refugee humanitarian interventions.
To download the statement, click here. Meantime, kindly see key quotes from the statement below;
“The contemporary refugee crisis has particularly taken a stern toll on children. More than 230 million children have been affected by 32 conflicts registered in 26 countries in 2014, and half of the global population of refugees are children”
“Currently, of an estimated 1.4 million refugees in Uganda, some 881,373 (as of March 2018) are children below 18 years – representing 63 per cent of the total refugee population.”
“A critical mass of African children continues to witness unspeakable levels of adversity. Many languish in poverty, dying of hunger and severe malnutrition, as well as preventable and other ‘strange’ diseases including so- called “nodding syndrome” in northern Uganda, and many more are forced to trek painful miles in pursuit for safe havens.
“May this day therefore re-awaken our zeal to take urgent actions to support and protect all children within our reach and means, and above all, rekindle our commitment to denouncing violence and discrimination against children, be they refugee or host, girls or boys.”