Tuesday, 19 June 2012 11:30

NIGERIA: Minister Decries Rising Bias Against Disabled Children

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Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina, has expressed dismay over the rising cases of discrimination against children with disabilities.

Speaking at the event marking this year's Day of the African Child at the weekend in Abuja, she said children with disabilities in most African countries due to erroneous beliefs and misinformation were seen as punishment or bad luck to their families.

She said the children undergo hardships and other forms of abuses like neglect, abandonment and sometimes being left as street children to pursue their cause of survivals.

Maina said when these children are catered for and given the opportunity to go to school, they would engage in meaningful activities to realize their potentials as leaders of tomorrow.

Earlier, Chairperson of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), Ms Kabore Ouattara, who was represented by Mrs Maryam Uwais, a Member of the Committee, said thousands of children were among the estimated 80 million people living with some kinds of disability in Africa.

Source: Daily Trust (Abuja, Nigeria)

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