“Violence is something that happens among people. It can either affect us on the outer body or within where everyone cannot easily see what has happened to you.”
John Bosco Ishimwe, Nyamagabe District
“There are various ways of how children’s right can be violated by the elder people. When children have no right to education, health, and other necessities, children should feel free to say that their rights have been violated.”
Donath Nkunzi, Rulindo District.
“It means a lot when it comes to the violence that children face. Sometimes we are forced to do things we don’t want by people who are in position to protect us. It’s wrong to use children for selfish reasons.”
Epiphanie Akayezu, Rubavu District.
“Most of children are denied the right to education, but when it comes to the side of girls its worse. Many parents think that girls can never make their futures bright through education instead they let them stay home doing housework.”
Jeanne d’arc Nyiranzayino, Burera District.
“Wars in different places affect the rights of children because boys are forced to become child soldiers fighting at the frontline while the girls are raped and forced to become wives when still young. Children are separated from their parents and this is violating their rights.”
Immaculate Muragijimana, Nyamagabe District.
“Kidnapping children is always done with bad intentions. These children are violated because they are used as a bargain tool between parents and the kidnappers to get money.”
Deo Bagaragaza, Burera District.
“Even at our homes our rights can be abused. When young children are forced to do domestic work that is very hard for them, it is not right. Imagine some parent’s torture children when giving punishments for their mistakes. They forget that we learn through them and if they tell us well we cannot repeat the mistakes.”
Grace Mutoni, Burera District.
.“Many of the rich people use young children as houseboys and housegirls yet they are the same age like their own children who are going to school. They forget they that they should treat every child as their own. They should hire people who are old enough to do heavy work.”
Eric Turatsinze, Ngoma District.