Every child has a story to tell…
There are 79.5 million forcibly displaced people in the world today, 40% of whom are children. That is 1% of the world’s population forced to leave their homes because of conflict, natural disasters, climate change and poverty. 26 million of these are refugees, and half of these are children. An estimated 36 million young people under 19 now live outside their country of origin. In 2019 8,200 unaccompanied children sought asylum in Europe, while 69,000 unaccompanied children, most fleeing violence in Central America, tried to enter the United States in 2019.
Why are children fleeing their homes? What is it like to be bombed in Syria, threatened with kidnap and murder in El Salvador, or flee forced prostitution in West Africa? How do they manage these journeys? What happens if you are kidnapped in Libya? How do you get in a rubber boat to cross an ocean when you have never seen the sea before? Live in a refugee camp in Northern Greece or a shelter in southern Mexico? How do you smuggle yourself across the Italian Border? What do these children hope for their future?
On this website children from the Middle East, South East Asia, West Africa, East Africa, and Central America tell their stories and give you their own answers, in words and pictures. They are now living or travelling through Greece, France, Italy and the UK, or moving from Central America to Mexico and the United States.