300 Afghan children separated from their families: "They are among the most vulnerable children in the world"

“I can only imagine how afraid these children must have been to suddenly find themselves without their families as the airport crisis unfolded or they were taken away by an evacuation flight. "

Since August 14, with the capture of Kabul by the Taliban, 300 Afghan minors were evacuated and separated from their families. A number that could increase with the different identifications. Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, spoke about them yesterday, expressing UNICEF's deep concern.

“Since August 14, hundreds of children have been separated from their families in chaotic conditions, including large-scale evacuations, in and around the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Some of these children were evacuated on flights to Germany, Qatar and other countries. "

"I can only imagine how these children must have been afraid of suddenly finding themselves without their family," continues the director, "while the crisis at the airport was unfolding or they were taken away by a flight from the airport. 'evacuation'.

UNICEF advocates that these children be entrusted to members of the extended family, or even "in a family setting". Henrietta Fore calls on governments where children have family members who could welcome them to “cooperate and facilitate reunification and safe and legal migration routes for these children if it is in the best interests of the child”.

Likewise, children who move with trusted adults should stay with them if it is in their best interests to do so. Separating children from adults they know and are caring for could cause further harm. All children have the right to be with their families. Parties involved in the evacuation and reception of people fleeing Afghanistan should do everything possible to prevent family separation from occurring in the first place. "


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