by Diana Quick
ChildFund Alliance is responding to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh, where more than 500,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border to escape civil conflict in Myanmar.
Niamey (Niger), 5 October, 2017 – In a decision that will have positive implications for millions of children in West Africa, all member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) today agreed to a range of concrete measures to protect children from violence, abuse and exploitation.
The last year has seen significant global challenges, including an unprecedented level of humanitarian need, rising inequality and exclusion, growing climate change impacts, and increasing threats to our shared security. Nevertheless, the international community has taken important steps in addressing these challenges by implementing the recent bold commitments to foster sustainable peace.
Eleven-year-old Kamal* walked barefoot across scorched scrubland for a week from his home in Somalia to Kenya. With their crops and livestock devastated by drought, Kamal’s family had no choice but to leave and try their luck in a new country.
Kamal was lucky. Unlike many children who died along the way, he made it across the Kenyan border, and is now living in Dolow, near Ethiopia.
But there, too, the situation is desperate.
* Not his real name. Name has been changed to protect his privacy.
August 18, 2017
by Diana Quick
During the night of August 14, devastating mudslides swept down the steep hillsides and slopes of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, engulfing the homes of thousands of families who live in these highly congested areas. The estimated death toll is around 400, with another 800 unaccounted for. About 20,000 people have been displaced from their homes across more than a dozen communities.
This guide offers a child-friendly version of the Sendai Framework. It was developed in consultation with children by the Children in a Changing Climate coalition (ChildFund Alliance, Plan International, Save the Children, UNICEF, and World Vision). A Korean translation of the document, coordinated by the Global Education and Training Institute of UNISDR, is available below. The Japanese translation of the document, developed by Child Fund Japan in cooperation with UNISDR Office in Japan, is also available below.
ChildFund Alliance is calling for increased donor attention to the worst humanitarian disaster since the Second World War.
by Diana Quick
Monsoon rains in Sri Lanka have caused major flooding and landslides in the southwest of the country. More than 570mm (22 inches) of rain have fallen in some locations.
According to the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka, more than 629,000 people (163,740 families) have been affected. Over 72,000 people have been displaced and are being accommodated in temporary shelters, such as schools and community centers.
An Open Letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres
As organizations working to protect the rights of children in armed conflict, we are dismayed by your reported decision to “freeze” any new additions of parties to conflict that commit grave violations of children’s rights to the annexes to your 2017 annual report to the United Nations Security Council on children and armed conflict. We urge you to reconsider, and issue an updated list with your report, including all perpetrators responsible for patterns of grave violations against children in 2016.
ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN GROSSLY UNDERFUNDED WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
New report shows only a small fraction of official development assistance goes toward ending violence against children For the first time, a review of official development assistance (ODA) to end violence against children has been done. The report Counting Pennies found that in 2015, total ODA spending was $174 billion and of that, less than 0.6 per cent was allocated to ending violence against children.
New York, NY, Jan. 10, 2017— Super Typhoon Nock-Ten (local name: Typhoon Nina) made landfall in the Philippines between Dec. 24 and 26, 2016, with winds up to 180 miles per hour. The typhoon left destruction in its wake, including many damaged roads, schools, houses and crops. According to the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, nearly 500,000 people were evacuated ahead of the storm, and almost 2 million were affected.