In a report, Danger Every Step of the Way, released today, UNICEF found that 7,009 unaccompanied children made the crossing from North Africa to Italy in the first five months of the year, twice as many as this past year. “It is a silent and desperate situation – out of sight and out of mind. Yet tens of thousands of children face danger every day and hundreds of thousands more are prepared to risk everything,” said Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant crisis in Europe. “We urgently need to protect these children from all types of abuse and exploitation by those taking advantage of the situation to exploit their dreams.” The report documents the risks that adolescents take in their flight to escape conflict, despair and poverty. Unaccompanied children generally rely on human smugglers, often under a system of ‘pay as you go’, which opens them to exploitation, UNICEF said. A total of 2,809 deaths were recorded in the Mediterranean between 1 January and 5 June 2016, as compared with 3,770 for the whole of 2015. The vast majority were on the Central Mediterranean route – and many were children, according to the report. From Somalia to Italy, Omar’s miraculous story of survivalUNICEF noted that some adolescents are sexually abused and exploited. Italian social workers told the agency that both girls and boys were sexually assaulted and forced into prostitution while in Libya, and that some of the girls were pregnant when they arrived in Italy, having been raped. However, because of the illicit nature of human smuggling operations, there are no reliable figures to show how many of the refugees and migrants die, disappear into forced labour or prostitution, or linger in detention, UNICEF said. With summer upon the Mediterranean, the latest numbers of children on the Central Mediterranean route may well be just the tip of the iceberg, according to UNICEF. Another 235,000 migrants are currently in Libya, tens of thousands of them unaccompanied children. “Every country – those the children leave, those they cross and those in which they seek asylum – has an obligation to establish protection systems focused on the risks that unaccompanied children face,” Ms. Poirier said. “In the European Union and other destination countries, there is an opportunity for policy and legislative reforms to lead to more opportunities for safe, legal and regular channels for these children,” she added.
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Baring launches £900,000 Strengthening the Voluntary Sector programme 11 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Baring Foundation has announced the application criteria for its 2006 Strengthening the Voluntary Sector grants programme.The Programme will distribute up to £900,000 in 15 to 25 grants to voluntary organisations working with people experiencing disadvantage and discrimination. Applicants must be local, regional or second tier organisations with an annual income in the last financial year of between £250,000 and £7 million; national organisations with an annual income in the last financial year of between £1 million and £7 million; or international organisations carrying out the majority of their overseas work in Sub-Saharan Africa with an annual income in the last financial year of between £1 million and £7 million.The grants programme aims to support organisations to maintain or increase their independence from government and to carry out organisational development activities that strengthen core strategies, structures, systems and skills leading to a significant and lasting improvement in effectiveness. The Foundation’s definitions of ‘independence’ and ‘organisational development’ can be found on the web. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Foundation will consider applications from organisations seeking to improve independence themselves or from organisations providing services which help other organisations become more independent. The programme will provide support in a variety of ways, including: Increasing legitimacy, for example involving users or beneficiaries in organisational review, planning and management for the first time or in a significantly better waysBuilding organisational confidence, for example by developing skills and capacity. Grants can be used in many ways, including: paying for additional staff, providing targeted training and development, meeting the costs of engaging users, making improvements to relevant IT systems, buying in external advice and expertise or supporting the dissemination of good practice.The Foundation will consider applications for grants for between a total of £20,000 and £100,000. Grants can be for a package of activities spanning up to five years. In addition to making grants, the programme will also provide a range of resources and activities to enable the desired outcomes of the work.Applications can be completed an on-line or sent by post. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 30th May 2006. Howard Lake | 28 April 2006 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Leave it to our Broadway boyfriend Aaron Tveit to give us a reason to truly be thankful! As we all face a long week filled with family, food and much fodder for future therapy sessions, Tveit and his Grease: Live co-stars Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens reminded us that yes, indeed they are the ones that we want, thank you very much and can we please have seconds? Hough and Tveit are the golden pair gearing up to headline as Sandy and Danny in our favorite hand-jivin’ musical on January 31 on Fox, while Hudgens is getting ready to play the Rizzo of our dreams. Yes, Christmas came early, ladies and gentlemen. Fa-la-la-la and happy everything! View Comments