“On the part of the Government of South Sudan, UNMISS, UN agencies and other partners, the observation of this day is intended to provide the needed opportunity for them to review their on-going commitment by not only raising awareness about the plights of children but in taking concrete steps in effectively tackling these problems,” she said.
The Coordinator commented that no doubt the children all over the world are precious and valuable; however in Eastern Equatoria State as in some other parts of the country and the world, the rights and wellbeing of many children have been adversely affected.
“With this in mind, this day will be celebrated not only to highlight these facts but also to take a moment to reflect deeply about the future of the children which is the future of the county. We all should ask ourselves ‘Am I doing everything possible for the child to have best future?” she asked.
She urges the state government to reassure its responsibility and act fast to support the children in proactive and constructive way as UNMISS is ready to support by providing technical advice.
The UNMISS Coordinator commented that the occasion of International Day of African Child is also an opportunity for taking stock and raising awareness about harmful practices against children and the consequences of such practices.
“I would like to take this opportunity to calling on the state government to take steps to put into practice the prohibition of all forms of violence against children in all settings,” she said.
She said that UNMISS will continue to help strengthen the capacities of the state government and other child protection actors to protect children affected by armed conflict, violence, abuses and exploitations of any kind and form as provided for in its mandate.