Misguided Kindness: Making the right decisions for children in emergencies
Using lessons learnt in emergencies, from the genocide in Rwanda to the Asian Tsunami and the earthquake in Haiti, Save the Children in this report, Misguided Kindness, demonstrates what action is needed to keep families together during crises and to bring separated children back into a safe and nurturing family life.
How should we care for the most vulnerable children after disaster strikes?
In every humanitarian crisis, concerned outsiders respond to tragedy with actions that take children away from their families and communities – often with unintended but damaging consequences. Again and again, girls and boys are ‘rescued’ out of affected areas into orphanages or adopted into new families elsewhere in the belief that they will be better cared for away from their devastated homes.