Marcelo Suárez-Orozco: Tragedy of Displacement Strikes More Children

Co-written article in La Nacion delineates plight of refugee children.

Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco recently published the article, “The Refugee Drama Hurts Children Most,” in Argentina’s La Nacion. With co-authors Chancellor Marcelo Sanchez-Sorondo of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and Antonio Battro, former RFK Visiting Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, Suárez-Orozco delineates the plight of refugee children, who among some nationalities, are the majority of those seeking asylum.

Today, one in 200 children is a refugee,” they write. Children are the most painful face of the displaced. If governments and the international community as a whole do not make education for displaced children a priority, it will be impossible for the world to meet objective 4 of the United Nations Sustainable Development proposal, with the promise of an education of Quality for all.”

Based on an international conference on mass migrations led by Suárez-Orozco and UCLA in collaboration with the Pontifical Academies of Science and Social Sciences, Suárez-Orozco and his co-authors state the pressing need for the end of conflicts, particularly in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen; sustainable economic development; health care and education equal to that of nationals for refugee children, particularly girls; and the eradication of child slave labor.

To read the entire article in La Nacion, click here.