The Day of the African Child 2019 was observed under the theme “Humanitarian Action in Africa: Children’s Rights First “as selected by the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC)
Humanitarian crises result from various factors or events or from a combination of several factors, and pose significant risks and threats to the lives, safety, security, health or general well-being of a large number of people at a time – including children- with little or no capacity to cope with the impacts of the crises. Humanitarian crises may be natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, and health epidemics. They may also be man-made, resulting from factors such as armed conflicts, tensions, or strife, or the result of human error or action, such as large-scale industrial accidents. Humanitarian crises may also come in the form of complex emergencies, that is, usually, a combination of both man-made crises and natural disasters. This broad understanding of humanitarian crises also calls for humanitarian action by States that may not be experiencing (armed) conflicts but other disaster or emergency that requires humanitarian action.
Through DAC 2019, the protection of children’s rights should be at the forefront of all humanitarian actions, and should accordingly, be prioritized during humanitarian crises. Follow this link to view the Concept note of the #DAC2019 by ACERWC.
On June 13th Wema Centre joined the Department of Children Services, members of the Mombasa County Child Rights Network (MCCRN), and over 1000 children (selected from all the sub counties of Mombasa) for the commemoration of the Day of the African Child 2019, at Tononoka Grounds in Mvita Sub County.