UN refugee summits fall short for children

21 Sep 2016
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INTER PRESS SERVICE News Agency

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 21 2016 (IPS): On Monday, ​the United States was one of the main countries to obstruct a UN Declaration ​that no child should ever be detained. Though welcome, the US’ commitment the following day to resettle 110,000 refugees in 2017 was overshadowed by its record on detaining unaccompanied minors.

Just over half of the world’s 65.3 million refugees are children, of which the vast majority, some 25 million children are out of school, threatening to leave almost an entire generation behind.

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