The global climate crisis increases the frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events. This worrying reality affects multiple rights of children and adolescents, who are more exposed to suffering diseases associated with the weather, suffering from hunger, seeing their education interrupted and being deprived of play and recreation. The threat is greater for children living in poverty and exposed to other situations that increase their vulnerability.
The intense rains that Peru has experienced since January 2023 have caused flooding, river overflows and mudslides, phenomena that have already left thousands of people with different humanitarian needs. Added to the serious consequences of Cyclone Yaku at the beginning of the year were the effects of El Niño Costero, a climatic event that generated new rainfall as a consequence of the warming of the Pacific Ocean on the Peruvian coast.
The panorama may be even more complicated due to the forecast of the Multisectoral Commission in charge of the National Study of the El Niño Phenomenon (ENFEN), which foresees the occurrence of the Global El Niño phenomenon at the end of 2023. Populations of already affected regions such as Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque and La Libertad are very vulnerable to further damage in the coming months, which creates various dangers for children.
As of July 2023, we have brought humanitarian aid to more than 19,000 people directly and to more than 40,000 through actions with our partners.
Our interventions prioritize families with vulnerable people, such as children and adolescents under 12 years of age, pregnant women and family groups with minors with disabilities.
VOICES OF CHILDREN IN THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY
Save the Children seeks to ensure that the voices of children are heard and considered in all aspects that affect their lives, including the particular needs that arise in emergency contexts.