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The fate of the African child continues to raise legitimate concerns

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The fate of the African child continues to raise legitimate concerns

The Human Rights Agency calls on all governments to include internally displaced, refugee and migrant children in national systems, policies and plans. To fight against all stigma and discrimination, children and young people must be listened to and included in decision-making processes.

It is a sad reality: when armed conflict breaks out, children as the most vulnerable members of society are the most affected. The six most common violations in wartime are the recruitment and use of children, killings, sexual violence, kidnappings, attacks on schools and hospitals, and denial of access to aid humanitarian. The 2019 coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19) is no exception and children still suffer the most. Poverty is increasing, inequalities are growing and the pandemic is compromising essential services that ensure the health, education and protection of our children and youth […]

The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, adopted in July 1990 by the Organization of African Unity (OAU), also recalls that the child occupies a unique and privileged position in African society. The African community as a whole officially condemns childhood miseries, yet the fate of the African child continues to give rise to legitimate concerns […]

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