Datum:  2016-04-19

Jordbävning i Ecuador

foto: Gabriela Luna

Jordbävningen i Ecuador i lördags kväll lokal tid slog hårt mot landets nordliga kustprovinser. Barn drabbas hårt i katastrofer och det är viktigt att se till att barn skyddas i den utsatta situationen. Många barn och familjer kommer också under lång tid framöver att behöva psykosocialt stöd för att bearbeta de traumatiska upplevelser de varit med om. Vi har kontakt med vår samarbetsorganisation Redinfancia i landet som hälsar att de mår bra och att de är redan i kontakt med myndigheterna om hur de kan bidra i uppbyggnadsarbetet. Så här skriver Jorge Alvarez från Redinfancia:

”Thank you for your concern about what we are living in Ecuador. The most affected provinces are those of the coast, especially Manabi and Esmeraldas, especially the first in which the largest cities, Portoviejo and Manta have suffered the collapse of buildings with the consequent loss of life. But the worst of the impact of the earthquake is located in small coastal towns of the province of Manabi, especially Pedernales, Jama and Canoes; there the devastation is very large, just as the loss of human lives. The report of deaths is now of 450 and this will rise in the following days.

By the earthquake many roads were affected making it difficult to access help to these places, which also suffer from lack of potable water and electricity.

In the province of Esmeraldas there are a couple of organizations with which Redinfancia works, but advantageously they have not been affected by the quake.

The number of deaths increases as rescue efforts are clearing the rubble of houses and buildings that collapsed on Saturday. The authorities have declared a national emergency and mobilized all assistance systems of state agencies such as police, military, medical, rescue workers and firefighters.

For our part we are supporting the initiatives already underway, we have proposed to the National Polytechnic School develop a course of emotional support for children and adult victims of this natural disaster that we can later offer to educational institutions and child care in affected areas, because we understand that recovery will take a long time.

These same areas were already being affected by the El Niño phenomenon involving rainfall, very hot and humid weather and the arrival of mosquito-like Dengue, the chicongundia and zika transmitted diseases.

Thanks again for your interest and concern about the situation in Ecuador.”

 

I en katastrof är det extra viktigt att skydda barns rättigheter och att se till att barn som kommit från sina föräldrar tas om hand på ett rättssäkert sätt och att deras situation utreds noga. Vårt projekt tillsammans med Redinfancia handlar bl a om att skapa goda rutiner på barnhemmen för att återförena barn  med familj och släkt.