Children's proposal on the action of relief agencies and NGOs
This topic, which is ever-lasting and is always in the centre of our attention, is of course the situation of children around the world and what can be done to help them. So, this time, we leave our past "attitude" of presenting the problems to the world audience and we give children from all over the world the chance to say what Relief agencies can do in order to improve the lives of our fellows especially in the developing world. At this point, I should point out that the topic was kindly provided by the CUNNY foundation, an organization that will use this survey for a publication to help NGOs in their work. If i was asked to sum up the results of this survey to one phrase, I would say that eduation plays a key role in improving the situation of children. Closing this brief introduction, I would like to say that some of these pieces were written by children who have suffered in the past, so they know what exactly needs to be done in order to help; that's why their voice must be heard. They know better what they need, so let's give the word to them.
The question that was posted to the children in order to compile the survey was:
"What are some examples of activities that relief and development agencies* can do to help protect children from violent threats like (1) Recruitment by armed groups, (2) Separation from or loss of parents, (3) Trauma, (4) Sexual abuse, (5) Landmines, (6) Disabilities due to war injuries, (7) Persecution of a minority, (8) Involvement with dangerous gangs or criminal bands, (9) Influence of violent ideologies, including those advocating terrorist acts, and (10) Being forced to labor, including forced prostitution."(* Here, "relief and development agencies" means private, voluntary NGOs, both local and foreign, not big world agencies like the UN. Although these NGOs do not have the same resources as the UN, or the same protection mission as the ICRC, there must be ways they can help protect children from these violent threats.)
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