Today June the 6th is the International day of the African Child with the theme “25 Years after the Adoption of the African Children’s Charter: Accelerating our Collective Efforts to End Child Marriage in Africa.”
Today as my beautiful motherland celebrates her children, i would like to take this opportunity to celebrate
the African child who is often forgotten,
the African child who is excluded from society
the African child whom no-one believes in
the African child who is deemed not worthy of love
the African child who is denied access to education
the African child who is not given attention or any opportunities
the African child who is called cursed or bewitched
the African child who is marginalized and oppressed the most
the African child who is often abandoned as a child
the African child who is often blamed for the breakdown of marriages
the African child whom no other child wants to befriend
the African child who is raised in isolation
the African child who is not allowed to play with other child
that African child is an African child with a disability.
It all starts at birth, when a child comes into this world with a disability. How the parents respond in that moment determines the quality of life the child will have.
A child is not disabled because they cannot walk or see. They are disabled by a society that excludes them.-UNICEF(2014).
May we all know and befriend African children with disabilities, may we love them, may we clothe them, may we educate them, may we believe in them, may we create opportunities for them, may we allow them to live independently, may we include them in society, may we play with them, may we NEVER forget them!