Saturday, 06 May 2017

Children’s rights to care and protection should be upheld in refugee camps in Lebanon

Family for Every Child is deeply concerned about the effects of recent armed clashes on children and families in Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp. We stand in support of our member organisation Naba’a, who is protecting children from family separation and responding to their heightened needs at this critical time.

The recent fighting in Ein El Hilweh led to the displacement of already vulnerable families from Palestine and Syria, and injured dozens of people. The clashes destroyed homes and community infrastructure in a quarter of the camp, affecting children’s day to day sense of safety. Family for Every Child’s member organisation in Lebanon, Naba’a (Development Action Across Borders) is working closely with affected communities and other actors within the camps to support displaced families, prevent family separation and minimise risks and distress to children.

As a global alliance of child care and protection focussed organisations from around the world, including our member in Lebanon, Naba’a, we deeply understand the risks of unnecessary family separation and the importance of children growing up in safe and caring families. We are particularly concerned about the impact of this fighting on children, who are prevented from leading safe and healthy childhoods and put at risk of exploitation and family separation as a result. We are calling for children’s rights to care and protection to be upheld within Ein El Hilweh and other refugee camps in Lebanon, and for the proper resourcing of services to protect children and families within the camps