A young boy is carried by a family member walking between makeshift tents along the train tracks in Idomeni, Greece. Unicef/2016/Georgiev

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A deadly journey for children:
The central Mediterranean migration route

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“A deadly journey for children: The central Mediterranean migrant route” provides an in-depth look at the extreme risks facing refugee and migrant children as they make the perilous journey from sub-Saharan Africa into Libya and across the sea to Italy.

Child Alert is a briefing series that presents the core challenges for children in a given crisis location at a given time. This issue reveals:

  • Three quarters of the refugee and migrant children interviewed as part of a snapshot survey said they had experienced violence, harassment or aggression at the hands of adults at some point over the course of their journey.
  • Nearly half of the women and children interviewed reported sexual abuse during migration – often multiple times and in multiple locations.

You may also be interested in our latest briefing, published September 2017, which looks at how the UK Government can help refugee children reach the safety of their family.

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A deadly journey for children: The central Mediterranean migrant route

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