27 January 2021 By By Julian Osamoto
Save The Children International says 60 million children across eight of the biggest humanitarian crises countries needs help to survive this year.
A statement signed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Organization Ms Inger Ashing, explains that
“Half of all the children in need globally live in just eight countries. We are calling for a concerted and immediate global response in 2021 to ensure last year’s setbacks do not permanently impact an entire generation for years to come.
COVID-19 has put decades of progress for the world’s most vulnerable children at risk. Weak health systems were impacted as children saw their parents or teachers being taken away to hospitals with the virus”
She also said “Children went through hunger as families were plunged into poverty because breadwinners lost their income, the education of more than 300 million pupils is affected by the pandemic, as many schools had to close to curb the virus, increasing the risk of child abuse, exploitation, child marriage or children dropping out of school permanently”
According to the UN report, more than 235 million people, an estimated half of them were children in need of humanitarian assistance, as against 170 million people recorded in 2020.
” That’s a dramatic 40 percent increase in less than a year.
Of the roughly 117.7 million children who need life-saving support in 2021, more than half of 60 million live in just eight countries, with Yemen, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo accounting for more than 10 million children each”.
Analysis of the available data shows that
“Children in need for
Yemen is 10,935,000
Ms. Ashing, said:
“2021 can be better, or far worse than 2020 for children depending on humanity coming together to fight for every child to survive, learn, thrive, and be protected against violence”
“Even before the pandemic, children were facing a triple-threat to their rights from conflict, climate change and hunger. If we delay action, we risk losing thousands, potentially tens of thousands of children from entirely preventable causes. We cannot let that happen.
To help tackle the biggest threat to children’s survival and other rights in living memory”
“Save the Children is launching a $769 million plan to reach 15.7 million people including 9.4 million children in 37 countries.
Save the Children is working hard to ensure that in 2021, children affected by crisis can access education and are protected from violence, exploitation, and other forms of abuse”.
She affirmed that the organisation is working to ensure that families are supported financially, to enable their children access education, healthcare, clean water, and nutritious food.