Eyes Wide Open on the Plight of Refugees

Having just read the plight of children without families in the Calais refugee camp – it leaves me thinking that we need to be more innovative in our thinking of how we can help these children and not be ‘stymied’ by decisions which ultimately creates more suffering and leaves children vulnerable.

The more I get into this topic, the more it opens my eyes to the vulnerability of the children and the plight of the refugees. It makes me more passionate about creating Child Friendly Spaces (CFS). The challenge as I see it is how we can make our CFS portable in refugee camps, especially when the camps themselves are being pulled down. I’m really beginning to see how the child’s psychosocial wellbeing is so important. To me CFS are not only important inside a refugee camp but also ‘outside’ as well to wherever children who are refugees land or end up!

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References:

The Guardian, (2016). Britain ‘did not respond’ to French pleas to take Calais child refugees. Retrieved from: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/08/child-refugees-calais-camp-stranded-britain-ignored-pleas-home-office?CMP=twt_gu

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