Children are people with aspirations, goals and views, and mothers have an important role to play in the nurturing of their offspring. This was the theme of the speeches delivered by African Union (AU) chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and former president Nelson Mandela's widow, Graça Machel, at the Global Child Forum in Pretoria today.
Masego Rahlaga spoke to 702's Stephen Grootes about what Dlamini-Zuma and Machel said at the forum, which looks into the rights of children - the third of the world's population.
Machel, reported Rahlaga, emphasised that we need to take care of the children of the African continent, especially by giving them clean water and sanitation, skills development and quality education.
Dlamini-Zuma referred to Syrian boy, Aylan Kurdi, whose picture sent shock-waves around the world. She said as parents try to run away to other countries, their children and mothers bear the brunt of the crisis.
If the mother and father is homeless or hungry, the child will also starve.— Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of African Union (AU)
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