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(Video) Protecting forgotten refugee children along the Balkan route: Tdh work in Macedonia (FYROM)


Some crises are hidden by others. Refugees continue to face the consequences of border closures along the Balkan route, despite the drop in media coverage since 2016.

The reality is that the closure of the Balkans route in 2016, followed by the Turkey-EU deal, led to thousands of refugee children and their families being stranded in transit centres for several months in extremely precarious conditions. Many refugees struggle to access essential services, thus affecting children’s well-being.

Some of these transit centres are in Macedonia, where Terre des hommes, together with its partner Open Gate La Strada, helped children and their families. Starting June 2016 until June 2017, we provided psychological and emotional support to children left distressed by their journeys. Our mobile teams also organised humanitarian aid in the field and monitored the informal transit places of refugees to help the ones in need.

During the first half of 2017, Terre des hommes has provided support to more than 1500 forgotten refugees along the Balkan route. Watch the video to learn more about our work in Macedonia.

Republic of Macedonia (FYROM): Protecting refugee children on their route 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.