Specific vulnerabilities of children


Children are especially vulnerable in disasters. As a minimum impact, a disaster is likely to be severely disruptive to their everyday lives; interrupting education and family life and removing familiar community references. Other children may lose care providers, have to live in temporary housing for protracted lengths of time and have no finances. For all children, their vulnerability is increased after a disaster and to survive, they may be drawn into exploitative practices such as prostitution or gangs.

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