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Middle East and North Africa

Children and young people in the Middle East and North Africa account for nearly half of the region’s population. Many are exposed to political instability, violence and forced migration. Child marriage, as well as child labour, are both consequences of poverty. As the unemployment rate of young people in the region is the highest worldwide, they face difficulties to access employment. Terre des hommes (Tdh) works with local partners, community leaders and national authorities to give children protection, education and access to justice.


Our programmes in the region

Children and young people in migration

Tdh makes sure that children and young people affected by migration have access to appropriate and good quality protection services in their countries of origin, transit and destination. We tackle the issues of child labour, child marriage, and violence against children, with a focus on child participation and youth empowerment. Key actors are trained to provide a child-friendly and protective environment which ensures children’s rights. Sports and art activities are a tool to empower refugee and migrant children and young people psychologically and socially.

Access to justice

We work in conflict prevention and resolution via restorative approaches based on child-friendly justice by promoting alternatives to trials, non-custodial measures, custodial care and effective prevention and reintegration processes for children at risk and in conflict with the law. To achieve this, we collaborate with formal and traditional justice actors, organisations and networks, as well as with children and their families. We combine advocacy, research, innovation and quality and accountability in our specialised areas: customary justice, prevention of violent extremism, gender injustice and religious injustice.

Mother and child health

Our mobile midwives in Afghanistan reach out to women in urban and peri-urban areas. These house visits provide access to healthcare for people who have no access to basic services such as sanitation, water and transportation. Preventive messages on the cruciality of vaccination or hospital and medicalised delivery are also spread.

Countries of intervention

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Making a positive impact for children - MENA Annual Report 2020