Fleeing war, environmental disasters and political crises, millions of children around the world have been forced out of their homes.
Last year, around 13 million child refugees were recorded as vulnerable – at risk of encountering violence, abuse and exploitation.
Unicef has now released a heartfelt photo series to mark World Refugee Day earlier this month. The number of people fleeing conflict, persecution and conflict passed 70.8 million last year, while 69 million refugees were counted this year – more than the population of Britain.
The severity of the emergency facing young refugees has not much improved, Unicef data shows. In the first quarter of 2019, 17,300 unaccompanied and separated children were registered in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The political and financial fallout in Venezuela alone has uprooted around 1.1million children – many of whom lack life’s basics as they travel across Latin America and the Caribbean.
You can donate to Unicef’s life-saving work supporting refugees around the world here
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