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Human rights and children welfare in Sub-Saharan Africa
Kopoka, Peter / 1999


The end of the twentieth century presents a hostile face to many millions of children in sub-Saharan Africa. There is growing concern for the protection as well as the survival of children. An increasing number of children/adolescents are being forced to the streets as a result of poverty, abuse, torture, rape, abandonment or orphaned by AIDS. Human rights violations against children, denial of basic human and legal rights including the right to life, liberty and security as a person are becoming a basic characteristics of the African socio-economic landscape. Child labour, the growing number of street children, the tragedy of child soldiers as well as the denial of basic human needs such as food, shelter, education and health brings into sharp focus the urgent need to address the problem of human rights of children

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