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Sunday, February 14, 2016

European missing refugee children

"....about 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children are missng...."
(Americans are unfavorably reported in this article but the author, Petra Stuiber, is projecting blame for this crises of missing children....the blame is at the soul of Syria's President Bahsar al-Assad!)
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Syria's evil President Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the humanitarian crises and exodus of  tens of thousands of his people including many thousands of children.
Petra Stuiber reports, as though the humanitarian disaster in Syria, Greece and Europe couldn't get any worse, the news about missing children, who should be among the refugees, are causing more concerns about the risk of human trafficking.  (Many of these missing children cannot be counted among the refugees.)

An article by Petra Stuiber in Der Standard published in "The Week":

Austria is failing refugee children, said Petra Stuiber. Europol, the European police agency, has announced that about 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children have "gone missing" since arriving in Europe.

In fact, the agency says that most of these kids are probably with relatives and simply failed to register with authorities. Nevertheless, the rest of them, perhaps thousands, could be in the hands of human traffickers, pimps, or pedophiles. These children "have have already endured terrible things and are now maybe experiencing still more." All of us must look for these children. We must assume that they are living among us, "under our very eyes". Every one that is found must be protecced from sexual or other abuse. Sadly, such protections are often lacking for unaccompanied migrant children who are placed in asylum centers. These over crowded shelters lack privacy and security, and often there aren't enough segregated showers or other facilities for girls.  Worse still, afger reports of sexual assaults by  young migrant men in Germany and elsewhere, mayors in many American towns are stubbornly refusing to offer accomodations to unaccompanied teenage refugees. Don't they know that a 16-year-oldd Afghan boy "could be defenseless against exploitation and abuse"?  Apparantly, "only American women and girls are seen as worthy of protection."

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