Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Children of Refugee

This article points out how the refugee crisis is affecting not only adults being pushed out of Syria and such, but also how their children are being affected, and what is being done to protect them and their futures as they flee their violent and potentially unsafe home countries. One charity called Save the Children "is calling for greater international commitment to ensure child refugees remain in school." 

Angelina Jolie-Pitt, the Special Envoy for the UN Refugee Agency, is taking big steps to show and bring awareness to the story and needs of refugee children. She will be speaking on a BBC live stream program alongside other influential and powerful voices such as that of Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of MI6, on "new ideas shaping our thinking on economic development, security and humanitarian assistance." This will bring attention to the plights of refugees, and refugee children today, how they are effecting, and shifting economies in Europe, and what can be done to prevent the influx of poverty, pain, and suffering that may be associated with the welcoming of refugees today. The answer to this lies in educating refugee children no matter their economic standing, or their location, for an educated youth can and will produce progressive, growing economies as these children grow up, and get more integrated into European societies, becoming a part of, and contributing to, rather than becoming hinderances to their economies. 

- Livia Gazzolo

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