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THE CHILDREN WE NEGLECT

African children many are fatherless and motherless

Children are assets to national development in every part of the world. They are considered as future leaders, in this way they need every care, help and education in their growth and development.

However, it very sad to see children, especially in Third World Countries roaming aimlessly on the streets, as if they were artificially dropped from nowhere to increase the population of their country of origin.

Children these days are traditionally the subject of ridicule, humiliation, and mental torture. Due to poverty, some parents are so cruel to their children to the extent that about sixty-five percent of children in poverty stricken countries are forced into prostitution, crime and child-labour, thus; violating the rights of children.

In some parts of Asia, children often work in migrant labour camps for miserable wages. Some are forced by parents to work as slaves to pay their debts. Young depressed children who escape the harsh treatment in the labour camps are often sent back by their parents with threats. The question is why are some parents so cruel to their own children?

In an advanced country like the United States of America each year, it is estimated one million children are abused. The suicide rate for 15-24-year-old has increased over the past twenty years. In Brazil children often playing or sleeping on the streets are "sprayed" to death by bullets from machine guns by what the gang child assassins called "Street Cleansing."

The question is if parents are not ready to take over the responsibility of the affair of their children, why did they bring them into the world to face such dangerous and unhealthy situations? The lower the level of children's care the more likely children are to be killed, abandoned, beaten, terrorised and sexually abused.

It is rather unfortunate that thousands of children who should be in school are on the streets, because of poverty. Let us not neglect the children. We need a change in our society, in our minds, feelings and in our patterns of work, law, education and politics. We urgently need to see clearly, articulate precisely and above all act bodily on issues pertaining to children.



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