Cameroon’s National Assembly held a special plenary session on Sunday to deliberate on how best to protect children.
“For the best interest of the child, it is the responsibility of all of us to invest in mobilizing the national and international community to protect children,” House Speaker, Cavaye Yeguie Djibril said during the plenary that was attended by senior government officials, diplomats and international partners and NGOs.
“Between 2010 and 2014, the number of abandoned children in childcare increased 80 percent, from 1,326 to 2,391. All segments of childhood are affected including infants who make up 12 percent of the workforce,” Pauline Irene Nguene, Minister of Social Affairs said during the plenary which was held under the theme ‘The phenomenon of child abandonment: an obstacle to the life, development and survival of children’.
Djibril said the session which celebrated the 23rd edition of the Children’s Parliament was also organized as an extension of activities to mark the International Day of the African Child which was observed on June 16. Enditem