|Senior experts,officials vow to protect orphans and street children|
|Saturday, 28 June 2008|
Adama, June 28 (WIC) – Senior experts and officials working in areas related to children vowed to protect orphans and street children from abuse.
While concluding a workshop organized to discuss on ways of protecting orphans yesterday, the senior experts and officials drawn from the federal government and nine states said they would firmly stand for the protection of orphans and street children.
Workshop participants Genet Tadesse and Meseret Mamo said they would fulfill their responsibilities by establishing care and support system to save those children from the harsh conditions.
They said an integrated system should be put in place to abolish the disorganized activities of governmental and non-governmental organizations operating in the sector.
Representatives of the Amhara and Oromia states presidents’ offices, Solomon Zewde and Fekadu Ayana,said on their part they would work in collaboration with the public and the pertinent bodies so as to prevent violence against children, child trafficking and ensure the rights of children.
Member of the Social Affairs Standing Committee of the House of People’s Representative, Legesse Negash, stated that active participation of the society, governmental and non-governmental organizations is vital to solve the problems of children.
More than 100 senior experts and officials drawn from the House of People’s Representatives, state councils, justice and social affairs ministries, state and federal HIV/AIDS offices, local and foreign NGOs took part in the five-day workshop.