Ricky Martin viajó a Líbano para reunirse con niños refugiados de Siria

Martin: “2.8 millones de niños Sirios se encuentran fuera de las escuelas”

Desde el 2011, a partir del inicio de la crisis en Siria, alrededor de 1.1 millones de sirios han buscado refugio en el Líbano; más de la mitad de ellos son niños.

De acuerdo a lo expuesto por UNICEF, los refugios de niños corren un alto riesgo de explotación y abuso. De hecho, muchos de los niños refugiados se han visto en la obligación de trabajar por más de 12 horas diarias en lugar de ir a la escuela a recibir una educación.

Ricky Martin viajó por dos días a Zahleh, en el Valle de Bekaa y a un asentamiento informal ubicado en Minnieh para reunirse con los niños sirios refugiados.

On 2 June 2016, UNICEF goodwill ambassador Ricky Martin watches a puppet show about good hygiene practices with Syrian refugee children from the Rmoul informal settlement in northern Lebanon. Around 139 refugees live in the Rmoul settlement, more than half of them children under 18. UNICEF, with its partners, provides a comprehensive package of water, sanitation and hygiene promotion package for Rmoul and more than 1,360 other locations. Including the provision of adequate water supplies, latrines, and hygiene promotion activities.  World-renowned singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ricky Martin calls for increased focus on safeguarding the futures of millions of children affected by the Syria conflict, whose lives have been shaped by displacement, violence and a persistent lack of opportunities. During the two-day visit to Lebanon from 1-2 June 2016, Martin also witnessed how UNICEF is working to provide protective environments for children and adolescents where they can play and receive the support they need to get back into formal education. In Lebanon’s Bekaa valley and Akkar, Martin participated in recreational activities for children at safe spaces in informal settlements. Additionally, he met adolescents attending life-skills training, provided by UNICEF and partners, where girls and boys are given vocational training and learning support. Around 1.1 million Syrians have sought refuge in Lebanon since the start of the crisis in 2011, more than half of them are children. Child refugees are particularly at risk of exploitation and abuse, with large numbers being left with no choice but to go out to work, rather than attend school. Child refugees are particularly at risk of exploitation and abuse, with large numbers being left with no choice but to go out to work, rather than attend school.  The deteriorating economic situation for Syrian refugees has dramatically exacerbated the problem of child labour in Lebanon. Adding to the psychological distress alre

Martin expresó sentirse impactado precisamente por el caso de una niña de 11 años de edad llamada Batoul, quien trabaja a cambio de agua y un techo en donde dormir. Batoul pertenece a una familia de 13 miembros, en donde sólo su madre, junto con ella y sus dos hermanas mayores sustentan a su familia.

“Estamos en el sexto año de una crisis que ha impactado en la vida de millones de niños y sus familias. Aproximadamente 2.8 millones de niños están fuera de las escuelas en esta región ahora. Conocí niños que se han visto forzados a convertirse en el sostén de sus familias, trabajando hasta por más de 12 horas diarias”, expresó el astro boricua. “El mundo tiene que hacer más para asegurar que estos niños estén protegidos de la explotación y tengan acceso a un ambiente seguro en donde puedan aprender y ser incentivados”.

Martin jugó y compartió con los niños, y además tuvo la oportunidad de conocer adolescentes que se encuentran asistiendo a programas vocacionales especiales patrocinados por UNICEF y sus aliados.

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On 1 June 2016, UNICEF goodwill ambassador Ricky Martin with Syrian refugee children at a UNICEF supported safe space for children in Tal Hayat in northern Lebanon. Around 60 children from the nearby informal settlement for refugees participate in daily Psycho-social support activities. . UNICEF is currently working in 576 intervention sites to deliver child protection interventions across the country. World-renowned singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ricky Martin calls for increased focus on safeguarding the futures of millions of children affected by the Syria conflict, whose lives have been shaped by displacement, violence and a persistent lack of opportunities. During the two-day visit to Lebanon from 1-2 June 2016, Martin also witnessed how UNICEF is working to provide protective environments for children and adolescents where they can play and receive the support they need to get back into formal education. In Lebanon’s Bekaa valley and Akkar, Martin participated in recreational activities for children at safe spaces in informal settlements. Additionally, he met adolescents attending life-skills training, provided by UNICEF and partners, where girls and boys are given vocational training and learning support. Around 1.1 million Syrians have sought refuge in Lebanon since the start of the crisis in 2011, more than half of them are children. Child refugees are particularly at risk of exploitation and abuse, with large numbers being left with no choice but to go out to work, rather than attend school. Child refugees are particularly at risk of exploitation and abuse, with large numbers being left with no choice but to go out to work, rather than attend school.  The deteriorating economic situation for Syrian refugees has dramatically exacerbated the problem of child labour in Lebanon. Adding to the psychological distress already affecting many of the children who have fled conflict and violence at home is the challenge associated with some of the worst for

Desde el 2003, Ricky Martin en su rol de embajador de buena voluntad de UNICEF ha sido un defensor y activista de los derechos de los niños, especialmente en temas de abuso, explotación y tráfico humano.

 

Vía UNICEF