Young children in complex emergencies.

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Research type: Research Paper

Authors: Felsman, K.

Abstract: The paper reviews the importance for young children of care within a family or familiar group, which is particularly important during on-going complex emergencies (including Afghanistan, Angola, Somalia, Sudan, and so on). Issues discussed are: the importance of not making matters worse; documentation, tracing and family re-unification; interim care for displaced children; and the importance of play. Three brief case studies are presented illustrating one example of poor practice and one example of good practice within interim residential care in Rwanda, and another situation where children were deserted at a centre run by an NGO in Rwanda in an effort to ensure that they had sufficient food and shelter in comparison to the nearby refugee camp. (9 ref.) .