Mission

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund or UNICEF as it is more commonly known was created by the United Nations General Assembly on the 11th of December 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. UNICEF has defended the rights of every child for over seventy years across 190 countries and territories. The UNICEF Headquarters are located in NEW YORK CITY in THE USA!!! 

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The current exodus of refugees in Europe is different from any other humanitarian crisis since the Second World War.

António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres is a Portuguese politician and diplomat who is serving as the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations. Previously, he was the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (2005-2015).

In an interview in 2015, Secretary General at the time Ban Ki-moon admitted that the UN security council was failing Syria because of big power divisions which have prevented action to end a conflict that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and driven the biggest refugee exodus in a generation.

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According to the UN in as recent as 2016 there were more than 13 million Syrians in need of humanitarian aid and until June 2016 only 60 percent of children in Syria were able to attend school, leaving more than two million children without education. These figures have risen since. Indeed, UNICEF, amongst other organisations, need a lot more support.

However, Soutien Belge Overseas is a very small ‘grass roots’ organisation which was founded shortly after Civil War broke out in Syria. They are calling for international support in order to continue to provide education to children in Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey.

The SB headquarters is located in Brussels of Belgium…

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Soutien Belge CEO Louma Albik with Mr. Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission.

The European Union today finds itself in a very weak position. With “Brexit” imminent, other countries and nation states such as Catalunya fighting for independence, there is a growing tendency for those that govern us to turn inwards and put their own needs first instead of those of others. Understandable, given the current global economic crisis. Policy advisor Simon Anholt has dreamed up an unusual scale to get governments uniting, thinking outwardly and working more effectively with each other:

Peace and harmony within Europe has been taken for granted for several decades now. That is of course until we read the headlines. In light of the attacks in Barcelona, London, Paris, Manchester, Brussels and several countries on “our borders”, terror is evidently widespread. Several countries have been brought to their knees due to the vast numbers of people who are in desperate need of a better life and opportunity. Sparked by uncertainty or fear, it seems that many of us have forgotten our history.

image.jpgWhat does the future hold for us and our children? According to a recent article in The Guardian, The German defence ministry set out its worst-case scenario for Europe in the year 2040. Click here for more details. The enlargement of the Union has been largely abandoned and more states have left the community… The increasingly disorderly, sometimes chaotic and conflict-prone, world has dramatically changed the security environment. It’s very easy to blame such problems on other governments and the mass influx of refugees in recent years.

Having now completed our cycle from Spain through France, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Ireland, it goes without saying that we are grateful to all the people we met along the way. We are thankful for the support of the many friends, family and colleagues in Córdoba, Rotterdam, Dublin and elsewhere on route for their support. Be it something to eat or a place to stay.

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Might those in power and those that govern us be able to do more?
Can the European Union do more to support those in need on our borders?

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For more information on the people who made our journey possible, click here!

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For further interesting reading, click here. If you’d like to learn more about the establishment of the EU, please click here.

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