CHRDA commemorate the 2019 International Day of the African Child with the Internally Displace Children in the Anglophone Regions of Cameroon and the world at large who do not have access to education, food and good health.
Taking into consideration the gross violations/abuse of children’s rights during wars/conflicts across the world and Africa in particular, the theme for this year’s celebration “Humanitarian Action in Africa: Children’s Rights First “ is tilted toward addressing the vulnerability of our children and how we can prevent them from being undermine ranging from the humanitarian need to their rights.
The Day of the African Child is celebrated every year on the 16th of June and was initiated by the then, Organization of African Unity (OAU), today known as the African Union (AU) on the 16 of June 1991. The African Union initiated the 16 of June as the day of the African child in honor of those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976. The uprising in Soweto 1976 was triggered by the demand for quality education which saw more than ten thousand children marched on streets in columns, more than a hundred killed and many injured. It is worthy to note that the rights of our children to education are still being violated every day on the bases of low quality education and the complete denial of access to education especially in conflicts situation.
The 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) defines a child as “any human being below the age of eighteen years. The African Child is often associated with poor quality of education, poor and unhealthy living conditions, violence, discrimination, child trafficking, child labor, diseases and harmful practices especially for the African girl child pertaining to genital mutilation, early marriage, sexual abuse etc.
Children’s rights includes their right to association with both parents, human identity as well as the basic needs for physical protection, food, universal state-paid education, health care, and criminal laws appropriate for the age and development of the child, equal protection of the child’s civil rights, and freedom from discrimination on the basis of the child’s race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability, color, ethnicity, or other characteristics.
On this Day of the African Child, CHRDA take the opportunity to raise awareness for the ongoing Anglophone crisis in Cameroon that has left at least 1,810,000 children (according to the UNICEF Cameroon Humanitarian Situation Report, in May 2018) in need of humanitarian assistance. There is a need for child safety strategies and also the need to improve the education of children living across Africa. It’s a need that still very much exists today. Of the 57 million primary school age children currently out of school around the world, over half are from sub-Saharan Africa.
The Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa with its objective to promote and protect human right has been on the field providing humanitarian aid to children who are victims of torture, war/conflicts, harmful health conditions, discrimination, sexual violence and rights violation as a whole.
The African Child is the backbone of tomorrow’s Africa. CHRDA celebrate our children, we pledge to protect our children’s rights and to provide humanitarian aid for our children. Education is a necessity and children must be educated, food is a necessity and our children must have good food, our children must have access to good health conditions, torture of children must cease to exist, our children must be free from all forms of torture and our children must be protected during wars/conflicts
Happy International Day of the African Child
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