Greece (MNN) — From 2018-2020, over 18,000 unaccompanied child migrants have gone missing in Europe. These children hail from countries like Afghanistan, Algeria, Eritrea, and Guinea. Moving alone puts them in danger of exploitation.
AMG International works with refugees in Greece, one of the countries with the highest rate of disappearances. Brian Dennett says, “The issue of child migration is just a huge and disturbing problem. I think child migrants are of the most vulnerable people that we have in the world.”
These children lack access to schooling, health care, and even clean water. Without families, many simply fall through the cracks. Dennett says, “Where we’re working in Greece, we know the reported number in government centers: 4000 child migrants live there. But we really don’t have a strong grasp of how many more there are. It’s incredibly disturbing to think of so many thousands of kids lost in the system. And COVID-19 has really kind of compounded the problem, disrupting the proper registering.”
Pray more of these children will find support and connection through AMG. You can support AMG’s ministry to refugees in Greece at amghelp.org.
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