JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SOME 500 million to 1,5 billion children experience violence annually worldwide while every five minutes, a child dies as a result of violence globally.
It is against this backdrop that Southern African countries are this week set to re-commit to ending violence against children.
World Vision Southern Africa will officially launch its regional five-year campaign to end this menace.
The launch in Johannesburg on Wednesday is part of World Vision roll-out of its global campaign to curb violence against children.
It is entitled, “It takes a world to end violence against children.”
“We have had enough,” said World Vision Southern African interim leader, Jean-Claude Mukadi.
“Our eyes have seen too much violence against children. Our hearts have bled too much for children whose lives are ruined by violence.”
Mukadi said the violence had been left to continue too long.
“This cannot continue. This is why World Vision and its partners are committed to ensuring children are protected from whatever form of violence,” said Mukadi.
Wednesday’s launch is expected to take stock of progress made by Southern African countries, following the Addis Ababa pledges, in addressing violence against children.
In addition this platform seeks to help different stakeholders determine more measures to curb the scourge.
World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.
In the Southern Africa region, World Vision has 216 large-scale area programmes across nine countries, namely Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
– CAJ News