The Day of the African Child (DAC) has come and gone. As usual children were feted and ‘honoured’.
Sadly though that was it.
We saw during the days of the NPRC junta children being given important roles for the day. We saw a little boy sitting in Head of State Captain Strasser’s seat on that day. Others were in the place of government ministers, judges, security officials and even the media was not left out as the children ruled the day.
Yesterday was another example of feeding the children. Needless to say that millions of Leones was spent in organising a march pass with brass band and all and in providing food.
While all of this may be looked at as laudable by some yet it is disgraceful in the sense that after the so called celebrations they children are abandoned for yet another one year or until another event happens where there passive celebratory role is being required again.
It is disgraceful because the NGOs and government officials who made such wonderful speeches about the children and about the potential that they have and what should be done for them do drive pass along Cotton tree and see the number of children who are there begging to be given an opportunity.
It is disgraceful because if these government officials and NGOs are so concerned about the plight of the children then those children will not be out there in the streets showcasing the rottenness of our society.
This is why we ask if we are really serious?
If we are really serious then those children will be taken off the streets and placed into foster homes. In the developed world when parents cannot take care of their children it becomes the responsibility of the State officials. Spending millions of Leones organising praise singing ceremonies is disgraceful when the actual beneficiaries are left at the mercy of the unforgiving world.
Let us be serious and take care of the children the period of lip service should now be over let us be serious about helping our future generation and give them what is their due.