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Family separation

Separated children are at risk of being recruited into armed forces or armed groups, abducted, trafficked, or sexually abused or exploited. Sometimes, as a first resort, they are put into institutional care or made available for international adoption, instead of being reunified with their families and extended families.

Separation can also be triggered when families lack the services they need to care for their children and believe such services would be available elsewhere, such as in residential childcare facilities.

This kind of separation can often develop unnoticed in the weeks and months following a humanitarian crisis, falling under the radar of emergency response personnel focused on the impact of the initial shock.

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