The June 16th this year will once again bring to many the anniversary of the voilent killing of over 100 black students during a protest Soweto in 1976.
In their honour, the then organization of African unity (OAU) named June 16th the day of the African Child. Every Year since 1991, governments and NGOs and other stakeholders mark the anniversary raising issues on the right of the child and seeking ways to improve their lot education wise.
But a cursory look across the continent shows that the desire by governments and even families to achieve a better welfare for children still hangs in the balance.
In troubled sports across the continent, children especially the girls are handed bad deals.
The over 200 students abducted by the insurgent Boko Haram sect is still fresh with us. "As the Bring Back Our Girls" campaign continues, only God knows what fate befell the girls daily in the thick Sambisa forest where they are held captive. It is an open secret that where there is war and attendant displacement of people from their base, like the current Chibok situation, atrocities are committed against the girl child as they become sex slaves to sex starved soldiers. In this case the Boko Haram insurgents. The focus of the article is not really about the atrocities that go on during war but the silent violence that is being unleashed on the girl child right in the Home!.