The plight of African children

Hector Pieterson, the first person to be killed by police, has come to symbolise the June 16 protests PIC: GETTY IMAGES
Hector Pieterson, the first person to be killed by police, has come to symbolise the June 16 protests PIC: GETTY IMAGES

On June 16, 2022 the international community especially from the African continent commemorated the International Day of the African Child or Youth Day.

This special day commemorates the 1976 Soweto Uprising, where thousands of students were ambushed by the apartheid regime. This is a day that people in Africa pay tribute to the lives of students and the role of the youth in the liberation struggle of South Africa from the apartheid regime. The commemorations across the whole continent is a symbolic gesture of resistance against all forms of injustices by the youth of Africa.

This year’s theme was ‘Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods and Resilience of Young People for a Better Tomorrow’. It is thus important to reflect on some of the challenges that are faced by millions of youths in a continent, which faces a complex web of socio-economic and political challenges. It is important to note that from 1950 to present, Africa’s population has grown steadily to 1.3 billion, which makes it the second largest population after Asia. Africa has the youngest population with a median age of 20. In addition, 60% of the population in the continent is under the age of 25 and the number of those under the age of 35 is almost a billion amounting to 22% of the world’s total youth population. Despite the dominant population of youth in Africa, the socio-economic and political opportunities that are available to them pales into insignificance when juxtaposed with the many socio- economic and security challenges that they face in their daily lives.

Editor's Comment
Shame on the Police!

According to a press statement from the police, unidentified armed men attacked on duty police officers at the station in the early hours of Tuesday.During the attack, the suspects stole 14 riffles, five pistols and an undisclosed number of ammunition.Although unconfirmed, it is alleged that the suspects were just carrying knives and axes, which they used to scare the men and women in uniform before they took them hostage to help themselves to...

Have a Story? Send Us a tip
arrow up