This year, World Refugee Day focuses particularly on the right of displaced people to be safe. But what does that mean for children? Laura Buffoni, senior community-based protection officer of the UNHCR’s regional bureau for Southern Africa, sat down for an interview with Justice in Africa to share some ideas and information with readers, starting with this statistic: globally, as well as in this region, women and children make up some 80% of the displaced population.
Laura Buffoni, senior community-based protection officer of the UNHCR’s regional bureau for Southern Africa:
This is an issue I’m passionate about. In my job as community-based protection officer I advise colleagues about child protection and gender equality and gender-based violence, among other subjects.
When we consider ‘safety’, the theme of this year’s World Refugee Day, we need to translate that term and think what is means for a child.