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Assistance to Refugee and Migrant Children

The refugee and migrant crisis that has shaken Europe has affected a large number of children. Many of them have witnessed the horrors of war, which will leave an indelible mark on them as they grow up. On the run and exhausted after a long journey these children transiting through Croatia need our help.

It is a situation where children are the most vulnerable, besides food, drinking water and medical care they need psychosocial help as well as a safe place to play, rest and learn. Some of them were born prematurely and have been on the road since they left the incubator, while others were born during the journey.

UNICEF, together with its partners, has been active since the first day of the crisis in providing support to mothers and children.

How does UNICEF help?

UNICEF’s mobile teams, interpreters and partners have from the beginning of the crisis been attempting to provide each child with that which they most need. Teams of experts in refugee camps have been caring for the welfare of children and their mothers twenty-four hours a day seven days a week.


What did UNICEF and its Partners do to Help Children and their Mothers in 2015?

24 hours a day

care for mothers and babies in reception and transition centres

11 000

children were provided with winter clothing

10 000

children supported through psychosocial support

> 10 000

meals for small children

> 10 000


> 10 000

warming blankets

5 000

bottles of water


hygiene packs

Meet some of the Children UNICEF has supported

We invite you to help the youngest children on their way to a better life. We wish their stay in our country to be filled with the peace, acceptance and support to which they like all other children are entitled. Help us to provide refugee camps and accommodation units in Croatia with child-friendly spaces where only children are allowed.

  • Supporting children with disabilities in Opatovac - Husen's story

    Supporting children with disabilities in Opatovac - Husen's story

    Husen Muhamad Khaled is 6. While his father was at work, he went out to the street in Idliba, Syria to buy some bread and the bomb hit the street he was taking. Husen had lost his leg. He came to the refugee reception center in Opatovac, Croatia from Syria, after an arduous one week on the road and sea with his family: mother, father, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

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Updated: 25 May 2016
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