Right after our training, my personal life changed in a big way. Now I know my rights and how to reclaim them when they are violated.
As usual, my parents recently sent me to pick up a big sack of embers that I then had to go and sell instead of going to school. At the time I noticed one of my rights was being breeched by my parents. Among other things, the Convention of the Rights of a Child (CRC) forbids heavy work as well as the economic exploitation of children. I went to sell it for them anyway, but when I got back I explained to them that what they had just done was not in accordance with what the CRC says.
Translated from swahili by Bienfait MWEMEDI (Réseau des Journalistes Amis de l’Enfant)
Samy is 10 years old and he is 5th grade in Nsango Magulu Elementary school, 22 km from the town of Kalemie. He is one of the 40 youth reporters trained in the province of North Katanga in August 2013. He lives with his family in the camps for displaced perons of Nsango Magulu and is from Bendera.
Samy a 10 ans et il est en 5è année à l’école primaire Nsango Magulu, à 22 km de la ville de Kalemie. Il fait partie des 40 enfants reporters de la province du Nord Katanga formés en Août 2013. Il réside avec sa famille dans le camp de déplacés de Nsango Magulu, en provenance de Bendera.