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Make the invisible visible to #ENDViolence against children

By Simon Chorley
Manager, International Programs

There is no place for violence against children in the 21st century. And yet it continues to find a place in every country in the world where it destroys young people’s lives. It is often an invisible horror because it happens behind closed doors. But many of us see it and want to do something about it.

  • I saw violence in Tanzania, where albino children were attacked for their body parts by witchdoctors who believed they had magical powers.
  • I saw violence in Uganda, where street children, forced by poverty to beg and steal to feed themselves, were shot through the legs with bullets and arrows by security guards.
  • I saw violence in South Africa, where HIV orphans were targeted and raped by men who believed that sex with virgins would cure them of their own AIDS.
  • I saw violence in the UK, where a British girl was forced into sexual exploitation and a Nigerian boy was imprisoned as a household slave.
  • I see violence in Canada, where children are exposed to online bullying, luring and abuse.

I see violence against children, and I want to do something about it. That is why I joined UNICEF Canada. Through a Canadian donation UNICEF has been able to establish a child protection project in Madagascar that in just six months identified and supported 327 child abuse victims in just one location.

Actor Liam Neeson also saw violence against children and wanted to do something about it. That is why he joined UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador and is today launching a long-term End Violence Against Children initiative with a powerful film.

Now it is time for you to join us. Speak out on violence against children at home, school, online, and at work. Make the invisible visible by telling people in your community about violence against children. And share this initiative on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media using the hashtag #ENDviolence.

Together we can make violence against children disappear.