Portrait of Philomene
Stop violating the rights of orphans

“Some host families here call orphans kiiba.”

“They subject them to bullying and steal their belongings. Some are even given a new religion and a new name. The child is forced against their will to become Muslim or Christian. Often these children have no birth certificate. They must perform all the household chores. If they make the tiniest mistake, they are severely beaten and deprived of food. When I read The Globe, I realised that this is not normal, but is violating the rights of orphans. So I urge Burkina’s government to introduce clear respect for the rights of the child. I have made up my mind to become a champion for the rights of orphans.”
Philomène, 13, Collège Protestant de Ouagadougou

 
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