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Zimbabwe commemorates African Child Day
Sun Jun 17, 2012 2:11AM
Fazila Mahomed, Press TV, Harare
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Since 1991, Africa commemorates the day of the African child on June 16th every year. The initiative was brought by the Organization of African Unity to honour more than hundred children killed and thousands injured during a protest against the Apartheid regime of South Africa in 1976.

Zimbabwe commemorates the day of the African Child with the theme, “The Rights of Children with Disabilities”. As a signatory to the United Nations Convention on human rights, which recognizes children living with physical and mental disability, the state is responsible to ensure that these kids live with dignity and are given decent life style and facilitating participation in their respective communities.

The governments support for people living with disabilities was at its peak in mid 1990’s but due to the socio-economic challenges plaguing the country, majority struggle to access basic social services.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) hosted a function for these children where artists, some living with disabilities performed drama, music and dance. Some exhibited their drawings, paintings and ornaments at the event which was graced by the First Lady Grace Mugabe.

The Goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, who is also a music legend in Zimbabwe, Oliver Mutukudzi gave a solidarity message.

The inclusive government and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in Zimbabwe have called for greater efforts to ensure children with disabilities have access to basic social services and protection to realize their potential. In Zimbabwe, children joined the rest of Africa to commemorate the day of the African child.
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