Liberia: Teenager wins Children’s Peace Prize for defending victims of violence

| November 16, 2015

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The Dutch NGO KidsRights awarded its prestigious annual International Children’s Peace Prize to a Liberian teenager last week, honouring his role in fighting for justice for child victims of physical and sexual violence.

Abraham Keita has been campaigning since he was nine years old. Now 17, he is a member of the Children’s Parliament, the driving force behind a campaign to enshrine children’s rights to education, health care, and birth registration in law.

Mr. Keita also started his own movement to push for the prosecution of criminals, and compensation for young victims of sexual violence.

Mr. Keita says: “Children in Liberia are silenced, threatened, and exposed to violence and injustice—this must change. Justice is not for the poor in Liberia … it is only for the rich. Justice must be given to children.”

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Photo: Abraham Keita (R) is awarded the International Children’s Peace Prize by Nobel Peace laureate Leymah Gbowee in the Ridderzaal (Knight Hall) in the Hague. Credit: ANP IN OPDRACHT MARCO DE SWART