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Children on the Move forum gathers in Rome

Children on the Move forum gathers in Rome

A group of girls walk through the Beldangi refugee camp in southeast Nepal. Photo: Albin Hillert/LWF

16 October 2018

Religious leaders from across the globe gather in Rome on 16-18 October, to address the situation of children on the move.

Convened by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the ACT Alliance, Islamic Relief, World Vision and many others, the event “Faith Action for Children on the Move” brings together some 200 participants from 80 different organizations – all to discuss how faith leaders can work together to end violence against the many millions of children who, for one reason or another, have had to leave their homes behind.

“As people of faith, we are in a unique position to address the rights of children on the move,” reads a joint message from the 14 convening organizations. “Across different faith backgrounds we feel a call and a responsibility to protect and give a voice to these children. Our calling has compelled us to come together, review what we do well and commit to doing more.”

Three key themes will guide discussions at the forum:

  • Building peaceful societies and combating xenophobia
  • Strengthening the continuum of protection for children on the move
  • Providing spiritual support to children on the move and their caregivers, as a source of healing and resilience

With the issue of children on the move being ever more pressing, participants will explore possibilities for collective action and commitment, to protect, nurture and support children on the move.

WCC media contact:
WCC director of communication Marianne Ejdersten; e-mail: Marianne.Ejdersten@wcc-coe.org, mobile phone: +41 79 507 63 63

Read 14 organizations’ joint message on Children on the Move

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