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I am touched by the way children continue to suffer in conflict as a result of ill decisions from incompitent politicians.
Children in post war urban and rural Liberian communities were gruesomely affected by war. Aside from the risk of death from cold and hunger, they are constantly under threat of being trafficked and sexually exploited.
I see these precious boys and girls struggle daily for food, mostly roaming around with shaggy pieces of rags on their bodies for clothes; most of them naked, homeless, hungry, and vulnerable to adult predators. They are forced, on a daily basis to render sex or domestic service to their predators. Their mindset need to be changed. Their hope and dignity need to be restored. Their self esteem need to be rebuilt.
Today, an estimated 85% of children between the ages of 9 and 17 years old are invloved in pitty trade on the streets and market places, trying to earn income for households. Some are even as young as 6, selling in the streets, either because the parents are unployed and can no longer afford to provide food, clothing, shelter and school fees; or the parents, if employed, underpaid salary is too inadequate to meet the basic needs for their families. For them, it justifies why children get involved in street trade.
I support ACL to help provide opportunity for children to wear clothes, ejoy the right to eat well and play, and have access to school.
Some times its difficult to convince people to put resources into such iniatives. Thats the hurtful part.