(只有英文)聯合國兒童基金會擴大拉丁美洲和加勒比地區救援工作 支援更多災難中的兒童和家庭

 

(只有英文)聯合國兒童基金會擴大拉丁美洲和加勒比地區救援工作 支援更多災難中的兒童和家庭

(Right) Lovens Pervil, 7, and is brother Emmanuel Pervil, 2, sit on a sofa outside their home, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma in Grand Turks, Turks and Caicos Islands, Friday 15 September 2017.

The aftermath of Hurricane Irma, a category five hurricane that hit the Caribbean between Wednesday 6 September and Sunday 10 September, is putting the well-being of hundreds of thousands of children in the Caribbean in danger. The extent of the devastation to Cuba and islands in the Eastern Caribbean is beginning to become clearer as rapid assessments are underway. With high winds, heavy rain and storm surges, Irma caused widespread damage to homes, schools, health centers and basic infrastructure across the region.

Needs assessments are underway across all the islands affected by Hurricane Irma. UNICEF staff are on the ground, working in close coordination with government and implementing partners, evaluating the most urgent needs for children and adolescents. As of 14 September 2017, 132 schools are potentially affected in Anguilla, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos islands.

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Emmanuel Pervil, 2, and his brother Lovens Pervil, 7, sit on a sofa outside their home, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma in Grand Turks, Turks and Caicos Islands.

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UNICEF Mexico Ambassador Thalia highlights need to ‘heal’ children’s psychological wounds.

NEW YORK/PANAMA CITY/HONG KONG, 27 September 2017 – UNICEF has scaled up its humanitarian response in Latin America and the Caribbean to help children and families affected by the series of natural disasters that have devastated countries in the region.

“Children in Latin America and the Caribbean have faced several natural disasters of epic proportions in September,” said Grant Leaity, UNICEF Deputy Director of Emergency Programmes. “With four successive hurricanes – including Hurricane Irma, the largest ever recorded over the Atlantic – and two major earthquakes in Mexico, the past few weeks have been relentless.”

In the past month, four major hurricanes – Category 3 or higher – have churned through the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean. The four storms, – Irma, Jose, Katia and Maria – caused major damage to island nations in the Caribbean, as well as continental North and Central America, devastating the lives of millions of people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless and displaced.

Two earthquakes in Mexico, 12 days apart, caused widespread damage and destruction in Central Mexico. The region has since experienced over 4,000 aftershocks, including a 6.1 magnitude quake as recently as September 23. Up to 7 million children live in the affected areas. Thousands have been left homeless and with no access to basic services.

Across the region, UNICEF has urgently scaled up its emergency response to reach vulnerable children with protection services, water, sanitation and hygiene, health and education initiatives.

“It’s absolutely vital that children who have lived through these traumatic events get the psychosocial support they need,” said UNICEF Mexico Ambassador Thalia, who visited UNICEF operations centre this week to learn more about UNICEF’s response. “Through child-friendly spaces UNICEF is able to provide children with a safe place, to play, learn and begin to heal their psychological wounds.”

In Mexico, UNICEF is working with its partners in areas affected by the earthquakes to establish temporary schools, promote school safety guidelines, train teachers in psychosocial support, and distribute education supplies and early childhood development kits to teachers and caregivers.

For children and families affected by the hurricanes, UNICEF is working with partners and local governments to provide immediate relief including access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene supplies, provision of psycho social support for children and working to ensure children and able to get back into education as soon as possible.

UNICEF is appealing for HK$141.2 million to support its humanitarian response in Mexico, Cuba, the Eastern Caribbean and Haiti.