10,000 Refugee Children are Missing

Photo: Darko Vojinovic/AP. A migrant child at the Macedonian border.

10,000 refugee children are missing as a result of gang activity across Europe, according to Europol. This story from The Guardian brings to our attention how these children are being targeted by pan-European criminals to be sold into slavery and sex trafficking. Italy may have the worst of the problem, with 5,000 children unaccounted for, but other European countries are also facing this appalling epidemic, such as 1,000 children having gone missing in Sweden. There have been an estimated 26,000 unaccompanied children who have entered into Europe during this refugee crisis. The children who are traveling alone are especially vulnerable and in need of protection. Read more: goo.gl/pJH7nF

Photo: Martin Godwin for the Guardian; Collection of items to be donated to refugees

In light of the recent news of the Syrian refugees, many people around the world feel compelled to help in someway. However, the question is how and in what way will be the most effective? This Thursday there will be a live Q&A on how ordinary people can help refugees and what role they can play within NGOs. The panel of experts will answer questions through a live chat @Guardian on twitter by using the #globaldevlive or  on the website: http://goo.gl/UZvQIW 

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