“Every child has the right to a good life. If you have a disability, you have the right to extra help and support. That’s what it says in Article 23 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child,” says Moreen, 13. Her speech is being translated to sign language, while children from twelve schools listen.
“Article 23 says that disabled children are children like the rest of us. That they are important, and should be taken care of in a special way. That’s not always how things are here in Kenya. But today is a fantastic day for ALL the children here. We get to learn that all children have the same rights and the same needs to learn, to play, to be listened to, and above all, to be loved. This is a day where we become friends. We become one! This is happening for the fi rst time at the Global Vote, and it feels great. Now I hope that we can spend much more time together, and fi ght for each other’s rights.”Moreen Moreen, 13, Joel Omino Primary School
TEXT: ANDREAS LÖNN
PHOTOS: KIM NAYLOR