By Isek Violet
The International Day for the Street Children 2018 has been marked with in Calabar, the Cross River State capital by members of Prevent Abuse of Children Today (PACT) with the theme “4 steps to equality”.
The NGO which marked the day with a street walk enlightenment campaign which began at Freedom Park.
Mrs. Ese Ibor, PACT Ambassador while addressing members at the rallying point said, Today is about celebrating street children and this year we are doing the 4 steps to equality campaign. The steps are for the State Government to commit to equality, to recognize that every street child has a right just like everyone else, and to protect every child to create new solutions.”
On his part, James Ibor, Esq. Executive Secretary of Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (BRCI) which is part of PACT said The street children are not unfortunate, but the Government is. This year celebration is targeted at raising awareness of what is happening about children on the street, draw the attention of the Government to these set of children.”
Another member of PACT, Mrs. Asari Nakanda of Professor Charles Effiom Foundation asserted that street children often are denied rights those at home has, describing it as being wrong.
Some of the street children marking the day expressed gratitude as they expressed their wish through placards.
Prevent Abuse of Children Today (PACT) is a network of NGO working together protect the rights of children.
International Day for Street Children is celebrated on April 12th.
Pictures from the event marking the day below.