The idea of being forced to flee home is unimaginable, let alone having to do so as a child. Yet more than half of all refugees and displaced persons around the world are children - just like Gharwali, whom I met in Iraq, having just fled Daesh in Mosul. She was the most gorgeous, smiley and upbeat girl and she had her parents by her side to support her.
However, in the conflict and upheaval forcing them to flee their homes, thousands of children lose their parents to violence or become separated from them and endure long journeys on their own.
This #WorldChildrensDay, let us not forget the children who have been forced to into this unimaginably frightening situation. In 2017 alone, an estimated 173,800 unaccompanied and separated child refugees and asylum-seekers were reported worldwide.
If you want to help, please consider making a donation to @refugees. One of their key roles is helping unaccompanied and separated children seek asylum and help restore their hope of a future. In 2017 they provided assistance to 45,500 unaccompanied and separated children who sought asylum worldwide. Follow @refugees to learn more.