Displaced children desperately need your support

Of the 21.3 million refugees in UNHCR’s care globally, over half are children. Fleeing from conflict and living in precarious conditions, they are the first and most frequent victims of violence, malnutrition and disease. More and more children are escaping from conflict on their own and arriving unaccompanied at UNHCR’s refugee camps and reception centres.

UNHCR cares for displaced children at every stage of their journey. We provide shelter, protection, healthcare, education, and psychosocial support to give them the chance of a safe and healthy childhood.

Right now, refugee children without parents urgently need your help




Your donations in action

A young boy takes part in a soccer clinic in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya


Children enjoy the safe play space at a family centre in Saan’a, Yemen


Ramatou is reunited with two of her sons in a refugee camp in Cameroon


Judy, a UNHCR Protection Officer, checks on boys in their shelter in Rwanwanja settlement, Uganda.


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Providing Protection

Children and families fleeing violence, war, disaster or persecution can be very vulnerable. UNHCR supplies displaced people with essential items, food and shelter to protect them from having to make dangerous decisions to survive. On a larger scale, UNHCR negotiates safe passage, asylum spaces and humanitarian access, upholding the rights of refugees and minimising the threat of violence, including sexual assault.

Reuniting Families

Families often become separated during forced displacement and flight. UNHCR makes use of registration data to locate separated family members and reunite them where possible. UNHCR also works with its partners to share information between refugee sites and provide safe accommodation and psychosocial support for unaccompanied and separated children.

Providing Safe Places

UNHCR operates safe spaces for the most vulnerable refugees for child and family support, providing child services, play areas and counselling. Children travelling alone are given special support and safe accommodation while UNHCR staff search for their relatives or carers. For displaced girls, safe spaces in refugee camps are essential for preventing abuse and exploitation. LGBTI refugees are also offered safe spaces to protect them from harm and discrimination.

Providing Counselling

Displacement due to horrific violence, armed conflict, persecution, or disaster puts significant psychological and social stress on children, individuals, families and communities. UNHCR provides counselling to refugee populations to address trauma arising from displacement. These services are particularly vital for survivors of torture and of sexual and gender-based violence.

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