Children continued to be caught up in violence, including from the armed forces in schools and on the streets
NEW YORK, United States of America, October 22, 2021 / APO Group / –
“UNICEF is deeply concerned about the impact on the children of Eswatini of the deteriorating security situation amidst civil unrest. The response to this current crisis must first and foremost respect and protect the fundamental rights of children under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
“Children continued to be caught up in violence, including from the armed forces in schools and on the streets. Some children have reportedly been mutilated, tortured and arrested, which violates the state’s legal responsibility for children and could leave permanent or long-term physical or psychological injuries.
“We call on all stakeholders to ensure that children are protected at all times and despite whatever circumstances they might find themselves in.
“The indefinite closure of schools remains a major concern as it has devastating consequences for children in terms of loss of learning, impact on mental and psychological health and the risk of being exposed to abuse and abuse. operation. Schools must remain open, their structures and assets must be respected, and they must be zones of peace and safe havens for children.
“There is an urgent need for positive intervention from all relevant stakeholders. Constructive dialogue remains the best solution to avoid further violence and disruption of essential services for children and women. This is the only way to ensure that Eswatini remains a peaceful country where children can survive and thrive.
“As Nelson Mandela said, ‘the true character of the company is revealed in the way it treats its children.’ Let’s never forget those words. ”
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