Our kids deserve better
ENOUGH can’t be said about the plight of Africa’s children. Abused, murdered and deserted, our continent has a shameful record when it comes to securing our children.
Senegal’s 30 000 “talibes” – children as young as four sent to Islamic boarding schools – are forced to earn their keep by begging in the streets of Dakar, despite a government crackdown.
Human Rights Watch has documented two deaths from abuse at the hands of teachers, five sexual abuse cases and 28 cases of beating and imprisonment.
Further afield, in Eritrea, children cross the deserts and oceans in search of a better life abroad. Last year alone, 25 000 unaccompanied children arrived in Italy. Only the ones who make it are counted.
We owe our children a better life, right here, in Africa, not abroad in a foreign land, but at home with their families and loved ones.