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(Video) Bulgaria: Protecting children on the move

2017-08-22

Bulgaria has faced an increased flow of refugees in the past few years. In 2016, 19.419 people, mainly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have sought asylum in the country. More than 6400 of them were children. Being exposed to all kinds of risks and exploitation, children on the move are extremely vulnerable. They need adequate care and protection to regain a sense of normality in their lives.

Starting November 2016 until June 2017, Terre des hommes and the Bulgarian Red Cross succeeded in improving the daily lives of hundreds of children and young people living in three Reception Centres of the State Agency for Refugees in Sofia. There were created child-friendly spaces where a team of social workers, psychologists, computer specialists and translators worked daily with children, carrying out recreational, educational, psychosocial, computer and sports activities.

Watch the video to learn about the difficulties these children face and our work to support them.

Bulgaria: Protecting children on the move from Terre des hommes on Vimeo.

The work was done within the “Making a Difference for Refugee Children in Europe” project, funded by Department for International Development (DFID). The project aimed to support refugee children, with a special focus on unaccompanied and separated children. It was implemented by Terre des hommes in Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania, while International Rescue Committee and its partners worked in Greece and Serbia.