After Cyclone Idai, uncertain futures for children left behind

Tsitsi Singizi - UNICEF

This article from UNICEF describes some of the devastating aftermath of Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe, including the children who lost one or both parents in the natural disaster. "There are no easy answers for children left behind. 'There’s the actual cyclone, which left children like Prudence homeless and living in crowded spaces,' says Ngonidzashe Tevedza, a child protection officer with a UNICEF-supported partner organization. But a further complication, she says, is that in many cases, the potential caregivers left behind are elderly, and 'rarely have the means to care for these children.'"

The article describes the work that UNICEF and partners are doing to deliver services to the area, including providing psychosocial support to separated children and creating child-friendly spaces.