Today, there are more than 2.2 billion children on Earth. Nearly two billion of these live in a developing country.
Depending on the country in which they reside, a child will not enjoy the same rights or conditions of life as their Western counterparts. Many regions and countries in the Third World face great disparities, and the factors in question, whether political, economic, social, cultural, ethnic or religious, can have a different impact on each child.
Despite the progress that has been made in recent years, the situation faced by the children of our world is still desperate. The most fundamental rights of minors are violated in most parts of the world, and even in the most economically developed countries not all children benefit from the same rights.
Poverty remains the principal cause of the violation of the Rights of the Child because lack of funds seriously impedes access to their basic human needs: healthcare, water, food and education. In the countries which are least affected by poverty, children generally have the chance to enjoy these rights, although many are still victims of violence, abuse or discrimination.
More than thirty years ago, following the adoption of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations on 5 February, 1990, Ghana was the first country in the world to ratify the treaty, thus committing to integrate it into national law . The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, inspired by the Convention, was adopted by several African countries, including Ghana, in the 1990s and came with force in 1999 . More specifically, the rights of the child are defined in the Ghanaian Constitution of 1992 and were reinforced by the Children’s Act of 1998, thus providing a legal basis for working for the respect of children’s rights in Ghana .
The issue of missing children is not new but the rate at which children are get missing these days is a cause for worry. Investigations by Award Winning Journalist, Regina Asamoah, in the Ashaiman Municipality of the Greater Accra Region has revealed that almost on a daily basis, a child is reported in the municipality.
Ashaiman is a large town with an estimated population of some hundred thousand up to over one million inhabitants according to World Gazetter.
The issue of missing children in Ashaiman dates back to several years; however, in recent times, the spate at which children are getting missing in Ashaiman is alarming.
The documentary reveals where over 30 missing children have been kept awaiting to be reunited with their families so they get to enjoy their human rights of living and growing in an environment full of love, care, dignity and comfort. With some missing since 2007, this documentary seeks to connect these children to their families. It addresses the many mindboggling questions of how they got missing? Where they got missing? How come they ended up where they are?
This is in furtherance of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 39 on the Child’s right to recovery and reintegration and Article 5 on Family Guidance as Children Develop.
‘Missing Children’ premieres on Saturday, 22nd May, 2021 at 7:30pm on Atinka TV. It will be streamed live on Facebook on Atinka TV Ghana
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