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Child Rights and Emergencies

In its latest edition of the newsletter, CRIN focuses on the challenges of working within a child rights framework in emergency contexts. It draws together some lessons learned, creative ways of working, as well as practical tools and case studies for overcoming these challenges and helping children to better prepare for and recover from emergencies.

The complete newsletter can be read here

Test your knowledge on child rights and emergencies with this week’s quiz!


1. How many people were affected by natural disasters in 2005?

A: 5 million affected and 100,000 killed
B: 100 million affected and 50,000 killed
C: 157 million people affected, and 92,000 killed

2. Cuba is regularly hit by hurricanes, yet the country has seen a drastic reduction in deaths in the last few years. Why?

A: The government developed an early warning system using latest mobile technology
B: Everyone has been given leaflets about what to do when a hurrican strikes
C: Disaster preparedness is part of the school curricula

3. How many children are estimated to die from lack of clean, safe drinking water per day?

A: 1500
B: 4500
C: 11,000

4. How many children worldwide are estimated to be actively involved in armed conflict, in government armed forces, government militias and in a range of armed opposition groups?

A: 100,000
B: 300,000
C: 500,000

5. What are the four United Nations entities that have primary roles in protection and providing assistance in humanitarian crises?


6. Which of the three areas below does UNICEF lead on in emergencies?

A: Nutrition
B: Child protection
C: Health

7. In response to the flooding in Mozambique, in February 2007 Save the Children called on the UN, the Red Cross, the government and other agencies to provide aid. But rather than food supplies, what did Save the Children suggest to hand out instead?

A: cash
B: livestock
C: seeds

8. Which country has since December 2006 been hit by two cyclones, one tropical storm, unprecedented flooding and a drought, affecting over half a million people, including 7000 children under the age of five?

A: India
B: Madagascar
C: Niger

9. The Humanitarian Accountability Partnership – International (HAP-I) is a self-regulatory body which aims to improve humanitarian agencies’ accountability. Towards which group do agencies aim to improve accountability?

A: Individual donors
B: Partner (non governmental) organisations
C: The disaster-affected populations they are trying to help

10. Another accountability project called ‘The Sphere Project’ sets five priority areas as minimum standards to shape humanitarian action, what are they?

A: water and sanitation, nutrition, food aid, shelter and settlement and health services
B: water and sanitation, food aid, shelter and settlement, health services and protection
C: water and sanitation, nutrition, shelter and settlement, health services and family reunification