[In the news] UN warns 87,500 ‘Sendong’ children at risk of abuse, neglect and trafficking – www.gmanetwork.com

UN warns 87,500 ‘Sendong’ children at risk of abuse, neglect and trafficking
by AMANDA LAGO, GMA News

  Disaster relief workers of the United Nations on Tuesday said it is urgent that measures be put in place to protect thousands of orphaned and unaccompanied children from abuse, neglect and human trafficking syndicates in areas ravaged by Tropical Storm Sendong.

“Around 87,500 children require registration and camp coordination to protect them from abuse, exploitation and trafficking in evacuation centers,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Tuesday in a situation report on the impact of Sendong.

“There is a lack of protection mechanisms for vulnerable sub-groups, such as pregnant and lactating women, female heads of households, single women, people with disabilities and the elderly,” the report also noted.

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