« Be radically innovative », that was the appeal launched by the Chair of Terre des Hommes International Federation, Raffaele Salinari, to the thirty-five participants of the 2nd Destination Unknown Campaign Assembly. From the Philippines to Mozambique, from Hungary to Lebanon, from Burkina Faso to Denmark, thirty-five professionals and volunteers met in Marrakech for three days to discuss, strategize, learn and plan around Terre des Hommes led campaign to protect children on the move.
Sando is from Cameroun, he just turned 18, he left his country to seek his life perspective in Europe. Amara is from Liberia, similar age, and similar dream: crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe.
They both live in Morocco now since a couple of years, where they try to build their life perspectives. Sando and Amara actively participated to this assembly, they told us about their migration reality, their life in Morocco, their dreams and their realistic hopes. As professionals and NGOs activists, we got challenged and inspired by these two guys, as well as by Joshua and Nele, two youth from Germany engaged in Terre des Hommes Youth Network.
And a special guest, Ms. Najat Maalla M’jid, former UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. Najat brought her expertise, critical views and recommendations on how a campaign like ours could address the huge and complex challenges of children on the move globally.
A rich and intense experience for all of us. Three days to strengthen our individual and organisational forces, and to make the best of all the talents around such global campaign team.
We will continue to listen to children and youth on the move, to work with them, for their protection, and for their future life.
We will continue observing field realities globally, advocate and claim rights for children on the move
We will continue developing expertise, direct solutions, projects and awareness actions.
And we will try to be… “radically innovative”.
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