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EU Children of Peace: Assisting unaccompanied minors migrating through Central America

In 2014, more than 63 000 minors from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala were apprehended at the border between Mexico and the United States. They were fleeing the ever-increasing violence in Central America – one of the most unsafe regions in the world. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), 58% of these unaccompanied children who were seeking refuge in Mexico and North America faced severe threats of homicide, forced recruitment by armed groups and organised crime in their home countries. In the context of the EU Children of Peace initiative, the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) and its partner UNHCR have set up safe spaces in Guatemala and Mexico where these vulnerable children have access to education, protection and recreational programmes. Find out more about the EU Children of Peace initiative and EU aid to Central America and Mexico Photo credit: UNHCR/S. Escobar-Jaramillo 2015

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