Religious leader champions children’s rights in Mauritania
Nouakchott, Mauritania, 14 December 2009 - In mosques around Mauritania, the 20 November prayers were dedicated to children’s rights.
The seed that grew into this nationwide action was planted more than 30 years ago by Hademine Ould Saleck.
A committed champion for child rights, Hademine Ould Saleck was a young teacher in 1975.
He taught in an impoverished region of Mauritania’s southeast, and it was there that he became aware of the importance of addressing poverty and realizing the rights of all children.
Advocacy for children
The group has spoken out on a variety of subjects related to children and children’s rights, including female genital cutting, corporal punishment and reproductive health.
Nationwide day of prayer
Leading the prayer at Ibn Abbas Mosque was Hademine Ould Saleck, who continues to work tirelessly to alleviate the burdens of children and build hope for their future.