Local Households Provide Stability After “Toxic Stress”
Written by Junita Calder
Middle East & Africa Regional Coordinator, International Detention Coalition
For many of us, stress is equated with an extra busy work week or a family disagreement. We don’t have to think too hard in order to apply the coping strategies that we learned as children, secure in a safe and loving family environment.
But what happens to children who are torn from their families by conflict or displacement, subjected to ongoing ‘Toxic Stress’ by continued insecurity in the countries where they attempt to find safety?
- , up from 41% in 2009.
- Unaccompanied or separated children – mainly Afghans and Syrians – lodged some 75,000 asylum applications in 70 countries in 2016, although this figure is assumed to be an underestimate.
- In the Middle East, more than 2.4 million boys and girls had been forced to flee Syria; and
- More than 1 million children had been forced to flee the continued insecurity in South Sudan – children constitute 62% of the refugees from South Sudan.
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