I. Protecting Children’s Right to Healthcare and Education DuringWarfare and CrisisEvery child deserves to live a peaceful and securechildhood, but unfortunately, we live in an unfair world where children sufferand have their basic rights taken away from them due to uncontrollableconflicts between nations over religion, race or even politics.
UNICEF’s mainobjective is helping and aiding the children put in such conditions therefor itis vital here and is the only hope for these children. The United Kingdom is UNICEF’s longtime partner andhave helped immensely in the past and is gladly willing to help more and fightfor these children’s rights. The United Kingdom’s Department for InternationalDevelopment (DFID) have had more than 12 million children vaccinated againstpreventable diseases and 6 million people received emergency food assistance aswell as provided 5.3 million children with secured schooling. One of the mostrecent struggles are the refugee crisis, specifically Syrian refugees. Most ofthe children in Syria have no access to education or healthcare which is tragicconsidering these two are very fundamental for any child growing up andviolates the basic human rights.Taking child refugees into a country that is stablewhere education and healthcare is provided is major and much needed and is whatthe United Kingdom has been putting its best effort to do so, around 1,000refugees from Syria have been accepted into the United Kingdom under “VPR”which is Vulnerable Person Resettlement program and it is promised that by 2020that 20,000 more refugees will be taken in under that program, adding on tothat the UK expanded its aid when the government stated that more unaccompaniedchild refugees from camp in neighboring countries and Syria will be accepted andtaken into the UK for a better living state. In addition to that, Syria isn’tthe only country with children in desperate need for help there are alsochildren in Iraq, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and many more.
The reasons vary, in South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia,Kenya and Uganda children are struggling due to the drought and lack of foodUNICEF is putting its best effort to motivate people around the world to donatethese donations are also dedicated to supply vaccinations for these children,the UK has a hotline that is dedicated to all these different types of donationsand is also very motivating for whoever wants to donate.Furthermore,these children are the future and having education and healthcare taken awayfrom them makes no future for them or the world, putting extreme efforts tohelp is what the UK has been doing and urges all member countries in UNICEF todo so as well. II. The Role of Children in Drug TraffickingDrug trafficking has been an issue for a lot ofnations around the world for a long time and is a ghastly case on its own butincluding children in it and snatching away their potential in a stable life byluring their impressionable young minds into the idea that drug trading couldbe a way to make a living is an unspeakable crime. In most cases children whosuffer in poverty might fall into this trap but its also forgotten thatchildren who live a perfectly stable life can be lured into that as well. Based on data from UNICEF from recent global estimates;there are 168 million children aged from 5 to 17 that are in the worst forms ofchild labor which include drug trafficking. One of the main and most importantreasons children or minors work in drug trafficking because they’re consideredan easy target from the employer where they can be manipulated easily to getinto the industry, secondly is because its harder to accuse a child of drugtrading than an adult, thirdly and most importantly is because most of the timethese children probably have no other productive activity to do so the path ofdrug trafficking seems easier and again in the majority of the time thesechildren suffer from poverty and would do anything to support their familiesand themselves. The number of these children increase every day, according to theILO a report regarding the International Program on the Elimination of ChildLabor, children who were previously involved in drug trafficking wereinterviewed the overwhelming majority of them had 0 to 5 years of education,and when asked what made them continuously do it some said they “enjoy” it andthe adrenaline rush that comes with it.
It is truly a corrupt situation whenchildren no longer have the mindsets of children, but criminals. Unfortunately in the UK children from Vietnam are beingtrafficked to work with the drug industry, the English police have admittedthat they have been struggling to keep up with the Vietnamese gangs who arespreading across England but they are putting their best efforts to put thissituation to an end, most of the children trafficked are often forced into itand work against their will which in why UNICEF should start putting moreattention into that to keep children who are put in these situations safe. Nonation is immune to child drug trafficking, but it can be worked upon to makeit less widespread among the world. These children were trafficked had beenlied to with fake promises of a better life thinking they’ll get legal jobs oreven education coming from underdeveloped countries until the spine-chillingtruth is revealed and they realize that they’ve been lured into modern slaveryunconsciously.
In conclusion, this is the future of the world and ifthis doesn’t come to an attend and no higher power does anything about it thisworld we know today will just get more corrupt and there will be no futurewhatsoever. This is happening right this moment as you’re reading this and it’sa very real and traumatizing situation for these innocent young children. Thisis the result of broken nations and homes, getting to the root of this issueand raising awareness is what needs to be done.