Bhavna represented children whose rights are violated by damage being done to the environment.
Bhavna Patidar, India, represented children whose rights are violated by damage being done to the environment.
Bhavna lives beside the Narmada River. For several years now engineers have been working on a project to dam the river. If it is completed, almost a million people’s homes will be flooded and disappear beneath the water forever.
Some of the dams have been built and thousands of children have seen their homes wiped out. Many of them were asleep when the flooding started and had to save themselves by climbing onto the roofs. Bhavna’s house was also scheduled to go under, but she has protested together with the adults, and thus far the dam has been stopped. Although the people living by the river protest peacefully, they have often been met with violence and have been arrested by the police and the soldiers