Clement a child on the street in Calabar

The Day of the African Child is celebrated every year on June 16 since 1991. It was first initiated by the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in honor of those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976. It is a time for the world to reflect on the progress made towards child’s rights and to raise awareness of…

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International Day for Street Children.

On the 12th of April, organisations around the world come together to recognize the International Day for Street Children: a special day acknowledging the strength and resilience of millions of street children around the world.International Day for Street Children (IDSC) has been celebrated globally since 2012, to recognise the humanity, dignity and defiance of street…

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In Lockdown With Their Rapists

CALABAR, Nigeria — In March 2020, when schools in Nigeria closed their doors to flatten the surging curve of coronavirus infection, the unintended consequence was that thousands of children and teenagers across the country became soft targets of sexual assault and rape. Celia*, 17, was one of them. On a sunny afternoon last December, Celia…

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Money Wives And Child Abuse In Cross River State.

Becheve is a community in Obanliku Local Government Area of Cross River. It’s an eight hours drive from Calabar, the State Capital but it is stuck with an age-long bizarre culture. The cultural practice of ‘money marriage/wife’ is a custom in which a girl child is sold out to a man by her parents as wife in…

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Seven Minors Raped In Cross River Council In 21 Days

Child Protection Network (CPN) in Cross River State has raised the alarm over seven reported cases of underage girls raped in Akampka Local Government Area of the state within 21 days. The state Chairperson, Child Protection Network (CPN), James Ibor, said statistics given to him by Chairperson of Akampka LGA showed the incidents occurred in…

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