Overs 150 children participated to the launch
The Destination Unknown Campaign was officially launched in Mozambique on 16th June in a Rally conducted by the President of Mozambique in Machava. During the same day in Ressano Garcia, the border village between Mozambique and South Africa, DU partners ran sporting activities where children, showcased their football skills and talents.
The launch was organised by Rede CAME in partnership with the Maputo Province Children’s Network, Moamba Districtal Social Services (DSAS) and Association “Pfuka Lexile”, meaning, “wake up, it’s dawn”, in a high profile commemoration of the African Child day under the theme “Conflict and Crisis in Africa: protecting all Children’s rights”.
The event was attended by over 150 children including more than 20 migrant children from Southern provinces of the country, who shared their experiences of migration: they were forced to undertake migration in search for better living conditions and were exposed to all kinds of risks during their journey without relatives. They are suffering serious violations of their rights to health, education, shelter and to be free of exploitation, sexual abuse and trafficking.
During the event in Machava some children on the move handed over a copy of their declaration, that included the 10 Demands of the Destination Unknown Campaign, to the President of Mozambique.
Another copy of the Declaration was handed over to the minister of Gender, Children and Social Welfare by SANTAC in a debrief meeting on the Destination Unknown Campaign.
Carlos Manjate, the Executive Director of Rede CAME was also interviewed by STV, a Mozambican TV Channel, to talk about the sexual abuse and child trafficking in Mozambique, during the interview, he had the opportunity to make a presentation of the DU Campaign to the audience.
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