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Disabled children need special support

Residents of Hamis during one of the open-talk discussion on the rights, capabilities, potential and situation of the physically challenged youth. Hamis is situated in Windhoek rural constituency, approximately100km outside the capital. (Photograph by David Adetona)

Residents of Hamis during one of the open-talk discussion on the rights, capabilities, potential and situation of the physically challenged youth. Hamis is situated in Windhoek rural constituency, approximately100km outside the capital. (Photograph by David Adetona)

Disabled children need protection, they must be respected, and special provision must be made for their progress and their integration into society. This powerful message was recently communicated to rural constituencies in the Windhoek district when the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) conducted video shows and open-talk discussions on children with disabilities.
The video highlights measures and manners that strengthen matters relating to protection, respect, promotion and ensuring the rights of children with disabilities.
The show was part of the Day of the African Child Celebrations. This year the day focused on the plight of an estimated 40 million children with disabilities across the African continent.
During the open-talk discussions, residents of rural Windhoek confirmed that children or youth with disabilities are especially vulnerable due to social and structural discrimination, stigmatisation, neglect, abuse, violence, torture, degrading treatment, exploitation and exclusion from the society.
They pointed out that despite positive social attitudes towards these children, there is need to initiate networking, capacity building and meaningful consultation to help  physically challenged youth or children.

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