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Children of South Sudan

On the eve of the International Day of the African Child, Sandra Ayet and other students from South Sudan are given the opportunity to get hands on skills on workings of Miraya Radio, which is headquartered in the capital Juba.


The world commemorates the Day of the African child every year, as a way of recognising and ensuring the safety and protection of children in Africa. This day also allows the world to ensure the rights of the child world over are upheld, especially for children caught in conflict and difficult situations.


This year the theme highlights the need for accelerating empowerment, protection, and equal opportunity for the child, by the year 2030.


For Sandra and others in South Sudan, their hopes and dreams are for the guns to fall silent and for them to be at par with children across the world.


The Day of the Africa Child has been marked every year since 1976 when a student uprising in Soweto, South Africa marched in protest against the poor quality of education, ending up in the massacre of about 176 children.


UN Photo/Isaac Billy

15 June 2017

Juba, South Sudan

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