Why campaign with Unicef?
Right now, children are in incredible danger. War and conflict is destroying children’s homes and forcing them to make dangerous journeys to find safety. It’s happening now to children like Yana, who lived happily with her mum and dad in Syria until the war tore her family apart. She had to escape on her own and crossing the sea in a flimsy dinghy was the only way to reach her family in Europe.
Campaigning with us can change this. Campaigning makes a difference to children’s lives.
We want to reunite children safely and legally with their families and stop them from having to take dangerous journeys. Responding to pressure from Unicef campaigners, the UK Government has pledged to bring to safety every child in the Calais settlement who has family in the UK. But we must not stop here. There are many more children in Italy, Greece and across Europe who are still waiting to be reunited with their family.
The threats children face as they travel alone across Europe to reach family in the UK, are the same as those that confronted the children in Calais. The UK must continue to fulfil its legal and moral right duty to protect refugee children from traffickers, violence and sexual exploitation.
How to campaign with us
Sometimes I feel there's things that I want to change in the world but what can I do? By campaigning it's about getting big enough numbers involved.
Everybody can help - you may just be one person but collectively we have an influence.
Duncan, Unicef UK Campaigner at the Welcome Refugees March