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This edition of Humanitarian Action for Children – UNICEF’s annual humanitarian fundraising appeal – describes the ongoing crises affecting children on the move, including from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and people affected by COVID-19; the strategies that UNICEF is using to respond to these situations; and the donor support that is essential in this response.
This report examines the two-sided dilemma for Venezuelan children during the COVID-19 pandemic: 1) the dire economic situation they faced prior to the declaration of the Coronavirus pandemic and 2) the exacerbating factors that have deepened their vulnerability since the pandemic began.
"Venezuela’s mothers and fathers, determined to find work, food and medicine, are leaving hundreds of thousands of children in the care of grandparents, aunts, uncles and even siblings who have barely passed puberty themselves," says this article from the New York Times.
This article from the Guardian shines a light on the "nearly one million 'left-behind' Venezuelan children whose parents have been forced to migrate, leaving their offspring in the care of grandparents, aunts, siblings, neighbours or sometimes even completely alone."
This report consolidates findings from a rapid participatory consultation with: (1) migrant girls in the Northeastern Colombia border region, (2) front-line practitioners providing services to migrant children and their families, and (3) Save the Children teams in Colombia.
El presente estudio aborda la realidad del impacto de la migración forzosa en niños, niñas y adolescentes venezolanos.
This article from the Washington Post describes the threats to families in Venezuela today, including the instances of family separation due to poverty and lack of resources.
The "massive migration" of people from Venezuela "is creating a new crisis, affecting the many children who are being left behind," according to this video from AlJazeera News.
"Some 3 million Venezuelans have migrated in three years, putting a growing strain on the country’s children as more parents are forced into the heart-wrenching decision to leave," says this article from Reuters.
In this video from BBC News, Vladimir Hernandez visits the capital city of Caracas in Venezuela to investigate the situation of mothers and children who have been impacted by Venezuela's humanitarian crisis.