An alarming report has emerged showing the devastating impact that climate disasters are having on children across the globe. Asian children bear the brunt, with US and Canadian kids being forced from their homes at a shocking rate.
Alarming Child Displacements
Over 43 million children have been displaced due to storms, floods, fires, and extreme weather between 2016 and 2021, as reported by the United Nations.
Dire Future Predictions
The UNICEF report, released recently, estimated that the next three decades will witness over 113 million displacements of children, proving the urgent need for action.
Shukri Mohamed Ibrahim’s Story
Children, like 10-year-old Shukri Mohamed Ibrahim from Somalia, are already experiencing displacement due to the ravages of climate change.
Their dreams and aspirations are being disrupted.
Dire Contrasts of Day and Night
Ibrahim pleaded for help, “We need something that can protect us from the heat during the day and the cold at night.”
Drought’s Hidden Impact
The report revealed the underreported miseries faced by children due to prolonged disasters like droughts.
Children Forced From Homes Since Report Started
Droughts have forced children to leave their homes at least 1.3 million times, with over half of the homes reported to be in Somalia alone.
Homelessness on the Rise
Climate change has led to a surge in global homelessness, with rising seas, storms, and droughts displacing millions.
Climate migrants, including children, need formal protection and recognition.
Unrecognized Climate Migrants
Despite the intensification of climate-induced disasters, the world has yet to fully recognize climate migrants and establish concrete measures to safeguard them and their rights.
Children in Vulnerable Regions
Children in vulnerable regions like the Horn of Africa and small Caribbean islands face heightened risks, enduring compounded challenges from climate extremes, conflict, fragile institutions, and poverty.
An Exploitative Reality
Children are more susceptible to exploitation and lack protections during crises, “The reality is that far more children are going to be impacted in future, as the impacts of climate change continue to intensify,” warned UNICEF migration specialist Laura Healey.
Garima Kumar’s Struggle
In the face of extreme flooding in India’s capital, New Delhi, children like Garima Kumar grapple with the loss of homes, education disruption, and a cycle of rebuilding amidst recurring floods.
Bullied for Losing a Home
Kumar admitted that other students bullied her for the loss of her home, “Other students in the school teased me because my house had been flooded. Because we don’t have a permanent home.”
Comprehensive Approach Needed
The UNICEF report calls for “shock-responsive, portable, and inclusive” vital services, urging comprehensive planning that considers children’s needs at various stages to better equip them to cope with disasters.
Countries in Asia, such as Vietnam, India, and Bangladesh, face an imminent threat of rising child displacements due to climate-induced disasters.
China, India, and Philippines Problem
Defenseless kids living in China, India, and the Philippines made up a shocking 50% of the total number of children who had lost their homes due to climate disasters.
US Wildfire’s Impact on Kids
In the US and Canada, during the harsh wildfires that swept both nations, 810,000 children were affected.
A Call for Global Cooperation
The international community must unite in acknowledging climate migrants, “We have the tools. We have the knowledge. But we’re just not working fast enough,” Healey admitted.
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