#KeralaFloods- Children Face The Challenge Of Climate Change
Flood relief rescue teams, coast guards, soldiers, celebrities, NGO’s and the people of India are all coming together to help out with one of the worst floods this century, to hit the southern state of Kerala. As the water rises, so does the death toll, putting daily life as they know it, to a standstill, for families and their children.
In Kerala today, like other parts of the country affected by ongoing floods, children face the challenge of climate change, despite being least responsible for its causes. From being airlifted from rooftops of their houses and community centres, evacuated in army boats, large fishing vessels and makeshift yachts, navigating through narrow overflowing lanes, being trapped in their homes without food, electricity or water, converging in halls, auditoriums of schools, temples, churches and mosques for shelter, to waiting in neck deep water for someone to rescue them, for many children, the real fight begins after being rescued. What happens to months of missing school, working to rebuild homes, being separated from family members and struggling for their most basic rights in their early years?
Climate change has too often been discussed and debated in abstract terms, negating the childhood costs and placing little attention on its intergenerational impact. Here’s a look at how the #Keralafloods are affecting children.
We appeal to you, to #StandWithKerala and help children get back on their feet and back to a normal life, through sound and trustworthy organizations doing rescue and rehabilitation work – Save the children, Goonj and CHILDLINE India.
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Words By : Leher