Youth in Crisis

Published: 
January, 2015

Opportunities for youth can be severely limited among many communities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region that are disrupted by conflict or impoverishment. Recent political and economic factors, as well as a rapidly growing youth population, have greatly increased the vulnerability of at-risk youth in the MENA region.

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About This Program

HHI’s Youth in Crisis Program focuses on addressing the critical needs of crisis-affected children and youth in humanitarian contexts.

Children are among the first and most severely affected by the consequences of crisis and conflict.  Because of their inherent vulnerability, children are disproportionately impacted by war, social unrest, disaster, and economic crisis.  Within settings of conflict and crisis, they can become increasingly vulnerable through the loss of adult care-providers, disruption of social structure and protections, and an environment of violence and exploitation.  It is essential for the international community to understand more fully children’s unique needs in order to prevent, mitigate, and address these detrimental health consequences.