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Activists demand protection of children from harmful practices

By Martin Manyiel  Wugol

On June 16, 2020, a group of activists under the leadership of Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) scientifically marked the African Child Day by urging the government of South Sudan to clearly stick to its ratification of the Child Rights Convention (CRC) charter whereby the absolute protection of children is solely a responsibility of the government.

The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) notes in agreement with the other international partners that South Sudan is among the countries with children engaging in the worst forms of child labor, including the armed conflict and cattle herding.

With the novel Coronavirus pandemic raging on throughout the world, the focus of this year’s African Child Day is on the impact of the crisis of child labor and challenges children went through in Africa.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused economic and labor market shocks; South Sudan is devastated by the years of political instability that has a huge impact on people’s lives and livelihoods of the entire communities in the region. Sadly, children are the ones suffering the most now.

Therefore, the Center for Peace and Advocacy and other networks strongly appeal to the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) to solve the states’ allocation impasse so that a fully functioning state government is put  in place and be able to address children’s problems at the states level. 

The Child Rights Convention (CRC) stipulates that; the child should be fully prepared to live in an individual life in society, and brought up in the spirit of the ideals proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations and in particular in the spirit of peace, dignity, tolerance, freedom, equality and solidarity. This cannot happen where there is no peace and stability, child labor is aggravated by instability and the government of South Sudan as a matter of necessity. Children’s challenges must be resolved and the pending outstanding issues in the R-ARCSS because, if the status quo is maintained, child labor identification and prosecution of the perpetrators will remain futile. Children must be protected against all harms because they are the future of South Sudan, not only South Sudan but humanity.

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