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For more than 19 years, NGO "Sana Sezim" has been supporting various vulnerable groups in Shymkent city and Turkestan region, these are victims of domestic violence, victims of trafficking, migrants, etc., but the priority is always WOMEN and CHILDREN! It is very scary when a child is in trouble, when the child's rights are grossly violated, especially by those who, in essence, must protect and protect the child from everything frightening.

The project "Protection of Children in Migration Processes in Shymkent and Turkestan Region", which was launched in April 2020 with the support of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), makes it possible to provide maximum support in the form of a range of services to children who are in migration processes. A very relevant topic of the project today, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. A huge number of migrants around the world and in Kazakhstan faced problems during the quarantine period, such as the lack of work, respectively, low financial situation, the closure of borders, respectively, the inability to return to homeland, etc.

Providing humanitarian assistance during a pandemic in Turkestan region and Shymkent city, more than 1000 migrants, the employees of the center monitored the situation of children and families of migrants, their access to social and medical services, their living conditions and the stay of some at the border, since it is precisely such a vulnerable situation that can increase the risks of involving both adults and children in hazardous or exploitative work.

For example, a large number of citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan at the Zhybek Zholy checkpoint of the Saryagash district of Turkestan region, who are waiting for the opportunity to cross the border and return to their homeland. Among this large number of migrants are women and children, and each of them is at risk of becoming infected due to lack of personal protective equipment, lack of distance due to a large number of people, lack of compliance with sanitary standards, poor nutrition, etc. Each has its own story, its own problem, problems of a different nature, and among them are those that need to be solved right now.

With one of these problems, Nodira, who was at the border with her child, like other migrants, turned to the lawyer of NGO "Sana Sezim". In January 2019, at a small gestational age, Nodira came to work in the city of Nur-Sultan and got a job as an assistant cook in the canteen at the bus station, having worked there until August 2019. She had little free time for the rest that a woman expecting a baby needs. Due to severe pain in the abdominal area (not the correct development of the fetus), she was urgently hospitalized and operated on, cesarean section. The child needed full medical care, but since she was a citizen of Uzbekistan, she could not provide comprehensive treatment for her baby, and large financial costs were required. There is only one way out to return home. Only upon arrival at the border, Nodira learned that she would not be able to take out a child without documents born in Kazakhstan, and all this during a pandemic, when all organizations and services, including the Consulate General of the Republic of Uzbekistan, are in quarantine. At the border, she had to sleep on cardboard in the open air, she got food for herself and the baby by begging. In her words, she was in despair and did not know how to solve this difficult problem. The action of humanitarian aid for migrants carried out by the staff of NGO "Sana Sezim" at the border became a thread for solving her problem. The lawyer of NGO "Sana Sezim" made every effort to return Nodira and her son to their homeland. And we value the trust of people who need support in difficult situations, especially if they are women and children.