childhood on the road to Europe
More than two million children have been forced from their homes. Child refugees need care, services, dignity and protection as all other children. Many refugee children are unaccompanied, are often detained in unsafe and unsuitable conditions. They are also far more vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, and other violations of their rights. Through no fault of their own, these children have already lived through trauma beyond the ability of most people to endure.
Hundreds of young children in the arms of parents arrived in Croatia a few hours before the closing of the Hungarian border. Children's smiles could not hide the fear in the eyes of children who were walked so many kilometers with their parents to come to Europe. Every child has the right to survival, protection and education, and to have their voice heard.