The World Day of War Orphans was started by the French body, SOS Enfants en Detresse. World Day of War Orphans is marked every year on January 6. The day aims to spread awareness and address the crises faced by war orphans or children in conflict. Also, children growing up in orphanages very often face emotional and social discrimination.
World Day of War Orphans reminds the world that caring for children in traumatic circumstances is a priority particularly amid the pandemic. Children caught in the crossfire or estranged from parents need utmost care to help heal the mental wounds of war, restart schools and normal life.
The objective of the day ensures to voice out the predicament of war orphans and highlight the emotional, social, and physical challenges children face while growing up.
According to unicef.org, “There were nearly 140 million orphans globally in 2015, including 61 million in Asia, 52 million in Africa, 10 million in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 7.3 million in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
World Day of War Orphans 2021: History
The observance of World Day of War Orphans was started by the French body called SOS Enfants en Detresse. They worked to bring children hit indirectly by wars and conflict to normalcy. Every year, awareness programmes are conducted to make people understand the gravity of the plight and the poor conditions orphaned children are forced to face.
UNICEF clearly points out that the pandemic has “deepened acute food insecurity in countries already under intense strain, leaving millions of children at risk of famine”. For orphans who have no responsible or able adult to take care of them, they become the first to get hit during any crisis.