Reports from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) indicated that Venezuelan migrant children have been forced to take to the streets, stop studying, retrace their steps back home or sleep on the streets waiting with their families for repatriation.
The surveys indicated that out of 1,600 Venezuelan households, 75 per cent of which have children and adolescents, the main concern was food security, as at least 13 per cent of minors have no access to food, while 84 per cent experienced problems in accessing sufficient food and one in three children go to bed hungry.
Migrants in the midst of the pandemic
The main trigger of the crisis experienced by migrants is due to the lack of employment and savings, which shows that at least 82% of Venezuelans in Ecuador were out of work in May.
“We are concerned about the situation of children because they are invisible,” warned the representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ecuador, Joaquín González-Alemán from Spain.
Call for protection
UNICEF has warned in a recent report about the urgent need to protect and support Venezuelan migrant and refugee children and adolescents in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The pandemic has brought out the inequalities that exist in the country” and translates into the lack of water, sanitation and hygiene at times when they are vital because of the coronavirus, the inability of the most vulnerable to report aggressions or dropping out of school,” said González-Alemán.