Our kids de­serve bet­ter

African Independent - - OPINION -

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.

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