Committing to the recovery of vulnerable children

The UN Rights chief, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein highlights the importance of supporting the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture as conflict increases around the world. 

In the 43th session of the Board of the Trustees of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, taking place in Geneva the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein urged the commitment with child victims of torture.

He explained how their work over the last three decades showed children have an "extraordinary capacity" for resilience, as they've become targets to extract information, put pressure on their parents or are simply punished.

Mr. Zeid said there was no justifying for torture and still it continues to happen under the responsibility of State and non-State actors.

It is important for States to remember their obligation to help child victims of torture towards their recovery. Nonetheless there are networks around of professionals aound the world assisting these children. Their work is supported by the UN Voluntary Fund for the Victims of Torture.

They've released the booklet From Horror to Healing which states:

"The consequences of torture often go beyond the isolated act on an individual. Torture has a pervasive effect on the family, community and society. This is why it is important to provide redress and rehabilitation for the family and community as well as the individual."  

Rehabilitation and recovery is important and the UN is focusing mainly in refugee and migrant children, assisting over 50,000 victims and their families every year.

What about Latin American children?

Latin America has been affected by several civil conflicts that have left many children vulnerable to violence, lack of opportunities and suffering. But the region has had its own ways of recovering and using cultural activities as rehabilitating techniques.

AfroReggae Cultural group uses music and dance as a technique to recover the children in Brazil. It originated in the Vigario Geral favela in Rio de Janeiro as a response to the rising violence and conflicts between drug lords. Although its model can't be copied to solve other favelas issues, their directors aid community leaders in the search of their own models.

In Argentina, on the other hand, rugby is being used as tool to build peace. Rugby sin Fronteras is an organization that uses this high impact sport to capacitate, reinforce values and create a community where children are no longer victims.

Like these examples there are hundreds of organizations working towards the recovery of children. For example in Central America, Panama and El Salvador's governments  signed a commitment in late 2015 to fight gangs in which one of its central points are prevention programs to protect children that are in a high social risk.

Children recovery and protection is important as conflicts continue to rise all over the world.

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