Por los niños refugiados de Siria

Ricky Martin se reunión con niños refugiados en Líbano

No tener una familia, un hogar, una tierra, una patria, es una realidad que viven miles de niños que huyen de la guerra y buscan un refugio en otro país.

Alrededor de 1,1 millones de sirios han buscado refugio en Líbano desde el inicio de la crisis en 2011, y más de la mitad de ellos son niños y niñas. Los niños refugiados corren el riesgo de ser víctimas de explotación y abuso, y un gran número no tiene otra opción que trabajar en lugar de asistir a la escuela.

De estos niños, de su bienestar, se encarga UNICEF, y a través de sus embajadores busca donativos para lograr mejores condiciones de vida para estos miles de niños refugiados.

El embajador de Buena Voluntad de UNICEF, Ricky Martin, viajó al Líbano para reunirse con los niños refugiados que han huido del conflicto de Siria. El cantante pidió que se preste una mayor atención a la tarea de salvaguardar el futuro de millones de niños afectados por el conflicto de Siria, cuyas vidas han sido transformadas por el desplazamiento, la violencia y una persistente falta de oportunidades.

“Estamos en el sexto año de una crisis que ha tenido graves repercusiones sobre las vidas de millones de niños y sus familias. Se estima que 2,8 millones de niños están sin escolarizar en la región. Me he reunido con niños que se han visto obligados a convertirse en el sostén de sus familias, y que trabajan hasta 12 horas al día”, dijo Martin.

“El mundo debe hacer mayores esfuerzos para asegurarse de que estos niños estén protegidos contra la explotación y reciban acceso a entornos seguros en donde puedan aprender y lograr su autonomía”.

A Ricky Martin le afectó mucho la historia de Batoul, una niña de 11 años de Homs que tiene que trabajar a cambio de agua y refugio. Batoul, sus dos hermanas mayores y su madre, son las únicas que pueden mantener a su familia de 13 miembros. “No recibo dinero. Trabajo muchas horas cosechando habas, cerezas, patatas, o cualquier producto de temporada”.

El deterioro de la situación económica para los refugiados de Siria ha exacerbado gravemente el problema del trabajo infantil en Líbano. Además del trastorno psicológico que sufre la mayoría de los niños y niñas que han huido del conflicto y de la violencia en su país, hay que añadir los riesgos relacionados con algunas de las peores formas de trabajo infantil, como son trabajar en obras de construcción, que puede causar daños psicológicos y de desarrollo a largo plazo, así como problemas físicos.

¿Qué hace Unicef?

UNICEF y sus aliados están tratando de abordar las causas directas del trabajo infantil mediante la lucha contra la pobreza, la provisión de educación gratuita y de oportunidades económicas para padres y jóvenes en edad de trabajar, y la identificación de los niños que son víctimas de las peores formas de trabajo infantil, con el fin de ofrecerles acceso a otras oportunidades como el aprendizaje.

Durante la visita de dos días, Martin también fue testigo del trabajo que lleva a cabo UNICEF para ofrecer entornos protectores en donde los niños, niñas y adolescentes pueden jugar y recibir el apoyo que necesitan para volver a recibir una educación estructurada.

En el valle de Bekaa y en Akkar, Ricky participó en actividades recreativas en los espacios seguros para niños de los asentamientos informales. Además, conoció adolescentes que reciben cursos de formación de aptitudes para la vida práctica, impartidos por UNICEF y sus aliados, en los que los niños y niñas obtienen una capacitación profesional y apoyo para su aprendizaje.

UNICEF colabora estrechamente con las instituciones gubernamentales, así como con los aliados locales e internacionales, para responder a las necesidades de más 800,000 niños en condiciones vulnerables que han buscado refugio en el país.

El enfoque se centra en la salud y la nutrición; la educación; la protección de la infancia; el agua, el saneamiento y la higiene; y los servicios de apoyo dirigidos específicamente a los adolescentes.

“La valentía de estos niños me inspira. Están obteniendo los conocimientos y las aptitudes que necesitan para poder contribuir al desarrollo de sus familias, comunidades y sociedades cuando lleguen a la edad adulta. Invertir en su presente es una inversión en el futuro de la región”, dijo Ricky Martin.

En su calidad de Embajador de Buena Voluntad de UNICEF desde 2003, Martin ha sido un defensor apasionado de los derechos del niño, y se ha centrado en promover la protección de la infancia contra la explotación y el abuso. Además, UNICEF y la Fundación Ricky Martin han colaborado para poner fin a las atrocidades contra los niños, como la trata y el trabajo infantil.

Para apoyar el trabajo de UNICEF en Siria: donaunicef.org.mx

 

On 1 June 2016, UNICEF goodwill ambassador Ricky Martin plays football with Syrian refugee children at Al-Hissa informal refugee settlement in northern Lebanon. World-renowned singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ricky Martin calls for increased focus on safeguarding the futures of millions of children affected by the Syria conflict, whose lives have been shaped by displacement, violence and a persistent lack of opportunities. During the two-day visit to Lebanon from 1-2 June 2016, Martin also witnessed how UNICEF is working to provide protective environments for children and adolescents where they can play and receive the support they need to get back into formal education. In Lebanon’s Bekaa valley and Akkar, Martin participated in recreational activities for children at safe spaces in informal settlements. Additionally, he met adolescents attending life-skills training, provided by UNICEF and partners, where girls and boys are given vocational training and learning support. Around 1.1 million Syrians have sought refuge in Lebanon since the start of the crisis in 2011, more than half of them are children. Child refugees are particularly at risk of exploitation and abuse, with large numbers being left with no choice but to go out to work, rather than attend school. Child refugees are particularly at risk of exploitation and abuse, with large numbers being left with no choice but to go out to work, rather than attend school.  The deteriorating economic situation for Syrian refugees has dramatically exacerbated the problem of child labour in Lebanon. Adding to the psychological distress already affecting many of the children who have fled conflict and violence at home is the challenge associated with some of the worst forms child labour such as working on construction sites, which can cause long-term developmental and psychological damage as well as physical harm. UNICEF is working closely with the Government institutions, as well as local and international part
On 1 June 2016, UNICEF goodwill ambassador Ricky Martin plays football with Syrian refugee children at Al-Hissa informal refugee settlement in northern Lebanon.
World-renowned singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ricky Martin calls for increased focus on safeguarding the futures of millions of children affected by the Syria conflict, whose lives have been shaped by displacement, violence and a persistent lack of opportunities. During the two-day visit to Lebanon from 1-2 June 2016, Martin also witnessed how UNICEF is working to provide protective environments for children and adolescents where they can play and receive the support they need to get back into formal education. In Lebanon’s Bekaa valley and Akkar, Martin participated in recreational activities for children at safe spaces in informal settlements. Additionally, he met adolescents attending life-skills training, provided by UNICEF and partners, where girls and boys are given vocational training and learning support.
Around 1.1 million Syrians have sought refuge in Lebanon since the start of the crisis in 2011, more than half of them are children. Child refugees are particularly at risk of exploitation and abuse, with large numbers being left with no choice but to go out to work, rather than attend school. Child refugees are particularly at risk of exploitation and abuse, with large numbers being left with no choice but to go out to work, rather than attend school. The deteriorating economic situation for Syrian refugees has dramatically exacerbated the problem of child labour in Lebanon. Adding to the psychological distress already affecting many of the children who have fled conflict and violence at home is the challenge associated with some of the worst forms child labour such as working on construction sites, which can cause long-term developmental and psychological damage as well as physical harm. UNICEF is working closely with the Government institutions, as well as local and international part
On 2 June 2016, Syrian refugee Ali Al-Kheder, 50, talks to UNICEF goodwill ambassador Ricky Martin in his tent at the Rmoul informal settlement in northern Lebanon. Al-Kheder and his family left their home in Deir el-Zor in Syria 3 years ago. His four children and his wife all work to pay for rent and living expenses. World-renowned singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ricky Martin calls for increased focus on safeguarding the futures of millions of children affected by the Syria conflict, whose lives have been shaped by displacement, violence and a persistent lack of opportunities. During the two-day visit to Lebanon from 1-2 June 2016, Martin also witnessed how UNICEF is working to provide protective environments for children and adolescents where they can play and receive the support they need to get back into formal education. In Lebanon’s Bekaa valley and Akkar, Martin participated in recreational activities for children at safe spaces in informal settlements. Additionally, he met adolescents attending life-skills training, provided by UNICEF and partners, where girls and boys are given vocational training and learning support. Around 1.1 million Syrians have sought refuge in Lebanon since the start of the crisis in 2011, more than half of them are children. Child refugees are particularly at risk of exploitation and abuse, with large numbers being left with no choice but to go out to work, rather than attend school. Child refugees are particularly at risk of exploitation and abuse, with large numbers being left with no choice but to go out to work, rather than attend school.  The deteriorating economic situation for Syrian refugees has dramatically exacerbated the problem of child labour in Lebanon. Adding to the psychological distress already affecting many of the children who have fled conflict and violence at home is the challenge associated with some of the worst forms child labour such as working on construction sites, which can cause long-term devel
On 2 June 2016, Syrian refugee Ali Al-Kheder, 50, talks to UNICEF goodwill ambassador Ricky Martin in his tent at the Rmoul informal settlement in northern Lebanon. Al-Kheder and his family left their home in Deir el-Zor in Syria 3 years ago. His four children and his wife all work to pay for rent and living expenses.
World-renowned singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ricky Martin calls for increased focus on safeguarding the futures of millions of children affected by the Syria conflict, whose lives have been shaped by displacement, violence and a persistent lack of opportunities. During the two-day visit to Lebanon from 1-2 June 2016, Martin also witnessed how UNICEF is working to provide protective environments for children and adolescents where they can play and receive the support they need to get back into formal education. In Lebanon’s Bekaa valley and Akkar, Martin participated in recreational activities for children at safe spaces in informal settlements. Additionally, he met adolescents attending life-skills training, provided by UNICEF and partners, where girls and boys are given vocational training and learning support.
Around 1.1 million Syrians have sought refuge in Lebanon since the start of the crisis in 2011, more than half of them are children. Child refugees are particularly at risk of exploitation and abuse, with large numbers being left with no choice but to go out to work, rather than attend school. Child refugees are particularly at risk of exploitation and abuse, with large numbers being left with no choice but to go out to work, rather than attend school. The deteriorating economic situation for Syrian refugees has dramatically exacerbated the problem of child labour in Lebanon. Adding to the psychological distress already affecting many of the children who have fled conflict and violence at home is the challenge associated with some of the worst forms child labour such as working on construction sites, which can cause long-term devel

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