Amidst reports of increase in street selling by teenagers, Satta F. Sheriff, Speaker of the Liberian Children Representative Forum, has called for an impartial enforcement of laws protecting the rights of children in Liberia.
Addressing journalists yesterday in Monrovia, the child right advocate mentioned that very little has been done to prevent children from experimenting with unhealthy activities even though there are laws that protect them. According to her, the Liberian children’s law, the United Nations convention on the rights of a child, the African chapter on the rights and welfare of a child and other international protocols are vital to protect and safeguard children from dangerous pathways. “We want parents to see as critical, crucial and important the protection and safety of their child/children. We will continue to advocate and ensure children rights are protected and we need the support of all parents to safeguard their children,” she said, adding, “we call on all to stand up and defend the rights of every child. We also want institutions, humanitarian organizations and persons concerned in the protection of children and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to engender more in the interest of children,”, she stated. “We have lost too many children in 2016, we are afraid to lose more. Children have become breadwinners, many including teenagers continue to risk their lives between cars to sell petty commodities,” she mentioned.