A six-fold rise in Caribbean children displaced by storms shows climate crisis is a child rights issue: UNICEF
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Caribbean Island, Dec 6 (Canadian-Media): A six fold increase in the number of Caribbean children displaced by storms in the past five years amounting to 175,000 was revealed by UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)'s new report released on Friday is a stark reminder that the climate crisis is a child right crisis, UN reports said.
A seven-year old boy stands in front of debris as Hurricane Irma moves off from the northern coast of the Dominican Republic.
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“Children in storm and flood-prone nations around the world are among the most vulnerable to having their lives and rights upended...the international community should act now to mitigate its most devastating consequences,” said Executive Director Henrietta Fore.
Put children at heart of climate action
UNICEF recalled that the Caribbean was slammed by a series of catastrophic tropical cyclones or hurricanes between 2016 and 2018, including four Category 5 storms.
The agency has been providing lifesaving assistance for children and families across the Caribbean affected by the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.
More than 400,000 children were displaced that year alone.
The report, Children Uprooted in the Caribbean: How stronger hurricanes linked to a changing climate are driving child displacement, warns that without urgent climate action, displacement levels are likely to remain high in the coming decades.
UNICEF is calling on Governments to put children at the heart of climate change strategies and response plans, and to protect them from its impacts.
Authorities also are urged to provide displaced children with protection and access to education, healthcare and other essential services, among other recommendations.