Stop The Abuse Now! Children In Sierra Leone Deserve a Better Life

Alhaji Saidu Kamara – Standard Times Press Sierra Leone – Mon 1 Sept, 2008

When one talks about child rights, the issue of subjecting under-aged children to hard work under difficult conditions for long periods in order to pay off their parent’s debts easily comes to mind. In most traditional settings, girls as young as fourteen are forced into early marriages that are detrimental to their health. According to the constitution of the state, it is a gross violation of the fundamental human rights of the child and is now punishable by law.

It is estimated that about sixty percent of the children in Sierra Leone below the age of 15 years are subjected to constant violation of their rights by parents through the following: trafficking, domestic servitude, commercial sexual exploitation, mining, trading and tedious farming activities. . .

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