Help End Child Slavery in Crisis Situations

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UPDATE: During the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, the Education Cannot Wait Fund was launched to give children living in conflict and disaster zones access to education: lowering their risk to some of the worse forms of modern slavery. Thank you to everyone who signed our petition and helped put pressure on those who had the power to create this fund. However, the recruitment of child soldiers still remains rife in South Sudan. Despite UNICEF claiming in October 2016 that some 145 child soldiers in South Sudan were released, an estimated 16,000 children are still in “armed groups.”

For children in South Sudan, war and violence is a part of everyday life. With their schools frequently bombed or attacked, many are at risk of abduction or trafficking. Since the start of the conflict 18 months ago, 13,000 children have already been recruited as child soldiers.

Children abducted or trafficked in conflict areas are violently forced into slavery, either as child soldiers fighting battles they aren’t old enough to understand, or as victims of sexual slavery and forced marriage. Yet for boys and girls in Yei Town there is a beacon of hope. On the site of a bombed primary school, the Kinji Primary School has opened and now provides education to 1,300 children. In unstable environments like South Sudan, having a safe place to spend the day offers these children important protection from modern slavery.

Right now we have a unique opportunity to help more children living in dangerous areas access education and find the support they need. A Global Fund for Education in Emergencies has been set up to help provide education to children in emergency areas across the world, supporting children in the very worst situations.

We want World Leaders to publically commit to making donations to this fund, so that more schools like the Kinji Primary School can be built all around the world.

With conflicts in many countries showing no signs of slowing, more must be done to protect children from slavery in emergency situations. Please help us draw attention to this issue by signing our petition.

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