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EU Nobel Peace Prize to help 23,000 children affected by conflict

An African woman writes on a blackboard while carrying a small child © EU
18/12/2012  - 

The European Union's Nobel Peace prize money will fund four projects under the ‘EU Children of Peace’ initiative. Details of the projects were announced today by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.

The projects will reach out to 23 000 children worldwide affected by conflict, and will provide access to basic education and child-friendly spaces to:

• Around 4 000 Syrian child refugees in camps at the border between Iraq and Syria;

• More than 5 000 Colombian children, most of them refugees in Ecuador;

• 11 000 Congolese children displaced in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and refugees in Ethiopia;

• And 3 000 Pakistani children in the conflicted-ridden north of the country.

This will be combined with additional EU funding, meaning the projects will benefit from €2 million in total. They are run by some of the European Commission’s most renowned humanitarian partners.

‘In conflict, humanitarian aid is often the only way for children to be able to continue their education, which not only improves their future prospects, but can also protect them from abuse and exploitation. This important cause is worthy of the EU's Nobel Peace Prize contribution. On the Syrian and Colombian borders, in Pakistan, Ethiopia and Congo, we will make a big difference for kids that might otherwise become a lost generation – giving them instead a chance for a childhood, a chance for recovery, a chance for a better future,’ Commissioner Georgieva said.

The donation of the award money to children affected by conflict was an unanimous decision by the Presidents of the European Commission – José Manuel Barroso, the European Parliament – Martin Schulz, and the European Council – Herman Van Rompuy.