Latest CP AoR Newsletter: October - December 2017
Click here>> to meet our new team members and read about the CP AoR's recent initiatives and priorities, 2017 Rapid Response Team (RRT) deployments, and upcoming events.
Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Bangladesh
Since August 25, Bangladesh has seen an unprecedented arrival of Rohingya refugees fleeing targeted violence and serious human rights abuses in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. To date, more than 609,000 people have crossed the border, at a speed the world has not witnessed in decades. Coupled with the pre-existing refugee population, there are now more than 821,000 people in Cox’s Bazar in need of humanitarian assistance; 55% of whom are children. Those who have fled speak of seeing both children and adults killed indiscriminately, and women and girls targeted for brutal sexual violence. All are in desperate need of food, medical attention, appropriate shelter, basic hygiene items, and critical social services. The most urgent child protection issues to be addressed are psychosocial distress, separation of children from their caregivers, child-headed households and child carers, gender-based violence (GBV), including serious risk of sexual assault and widespread child marriage, and high risk of child labour and trafficking.
The CP AoR deployed two Rapid Response Team members in October 2017 to support with Child Protection coordination and information management in Cox's Bazar. For more details on the crisis, click here>> for the November 2017 Cox's Bazar Child Protection Infographic and here>> for the related Child Protection Advocacy Brief.
Coordinating Child Protection in Humanitarian Action
In times of crisis – whether caused by armed conflict, a sudden-onset disaster or an epidemic – children face significant protection issues. We lead and coordinate child protection efforts in humanitarian settings (defined as Humanitarian Coordinator and Early Warning contexts). Our aim is to ensure that girls and boys are protected from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence.
What we do
Children in humanitarian settings are at risk of injury and disability, physical and sexual violence, psychosocial distress and mental disorders. They may be separated from their families, recruited into armed forces, economically exploited or come into contact with the justice system.
We ensure that the efforts of national and international humanitarian actors to protect children are well coordinated, achieving maximum quality and impact.
How we do it
The Global Child Protection Area of Responsibility Team provides in-country and remote support to field-level child protection coordination groups.