Just because I am a child

Voices of Youth - Day of the African Child creative writing competition submissions

Joseph Maulidi
A child playing on a jungle jim and community based childcare centre in Blantyre
UNICEF Malawi/2017/Estey
18 July 2020

I was not born to be abused

NO! Not to be raped

Neither to entertain someone in bed

Just because I am a child

That’s not the reason for you to mistreat me

For I was born to be a Hero

 

I was not born to be abused

NO! Not to be enslaved

Neither to be punished with work beyond my age

Just because I am a child

That’s not the reason for you to show me cruelty

For I was born to be a Hero

 

I was not born to be abused

NO! Not to be forced into marriage

Neither to be assaulted by anyone

Just because I am a child

That’s not the reason for you to take advantage of me

For I was born to be a Hero

 

Respect my rights as a child

Give me quality education

Yeah! Even that good protection

Parents, guardians, political and church leaders

Take the responsibility to end child injustice

For I hold the future of this nation