What is Save the Children doing for children like Nur?
Amongst the Rohingya who have fled Myanmar since 25 August 2017 were several thousand unaccompanied and separated children. Some were separated from their families while fleeing Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State, where they often travelled long distances through rain and mud. Others became orphans when their parents were killed in the violence.
The sheer number of unaccompanied and separated children is a real concern as these children are in an especially vulnerable position, being at increased risk of exploitation and abuse, as well as things like child trafficking.
Save the Children has set up spaces in the camps for these children to receive 24-hour support while family-based care arrangements can be made either through family reunification or through placement with foster families in the camps.
We’re also running over 80 Child Friendly Spaces and 10 Girl Friendly Spaces, which together support over 40,000 children. Child friendly spaces provide children with a safe and nurturing environment in which they can play, learn and be children again while being protected from harms like kidnapping and trafficking.
We are promoting awareness raising amongst parents, community leaders and children around trafficking risks, both to prevent trafficking taking place, and ensure incidents are reported and addressed appropriately.
Finally, we also offer psychosocial support for severely distressed children, helping them deal with the traumatic experiences they have been through and recover.