Africa and protection of children’s rights

AFRICA’s foremost sage and rights activist, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, on August 2, 1996 emphasized thus: “Africa is renowned for its beauty, its natural heritage and prolific resources – but equally, the image of its suffering children haunts the conscience of our Continent and the world”. Similarly, at the launch of the Blue Train, Worcester Station, South Africa on September 27, 1997, Mandela said: “The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children”. Yet again, at a luncheon hosted by the then United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan(another pride to the Continent), at the Special Session of the UN for Children, New York City on 9th May, 2002, Mandela exploded: “History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children”.