Every day, hundreds of people in Latin America and the Caribbean flee their countries, searching for safety and better opportunities.
Most of them aim at reaching the United States. It is a long journey during which they risk becoming victims of trafficking, exploitation, kidnapping, sexual violence, assault, extortion and even to get killed.
Many travel without legal permits and, if caught, they are forcibly returned to their countries of origin.
For children, both accompanied and unaccompanied, the journey is a traumatic event. They leave their homes, friends and relatives behind, experience violence of all sorts and too often live in fear of what could happen to them. They are forced to drop out from school and miss out on their education.
The EU funds the NGO Save the Children to implement humanitarian interventions in the northern and southern borders of Mexico in support of children on the move.
Save the Children works in government-managed shelters, where they set up child friendly spaces where children can learn, play, and receive social-emotional learning support and also provide other services.
Story by Ruth Silva, Information and Communication Assistant in Latin America and the Caribbean, EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.
Publication date: 11/03/2022