Zahra on World Children’s Day
18 year – old Zahra from Syria speaks fro the World Children’s Day, which is celebrated every year at 20th of November in the memory of 1989 anniversary of the United Nations’ Convention on Children’s Rights.
This Convention is the most widely accepted text on human rights worldwide. All member States of the UN have signed and ratified the official text of the Convention, except for the United States of America and Somalia. Not signing this Treaty means that it is legally inactive in these two States.
The Convention consists of 54 articles covering all the children’s rights, dividing them in 4 areas: Rights of survival, development, protection and participation.
18 year – old Zahra writes:
“On the World Children’s Day i wish to tell you that i did not live up my childhood, i did not have time for myself. I know, of course, that as there are many children in the world who have time to live their childhood, there are, also, so many that are unhappy and suffering.
I have experienced the displacement and the sound of bombs and the smell of gunpowder. All my childhood i was looking for a safe shelter. And my childhood was over the time i was forced to leave my place without saying goodbye to my friends.
But i am still a kid, dreaming of painting my homeland again. Although y homeland destroyed my family and so many more. And the people who were displaced are now languishing in deserted camps, abandoned. They only dream of a home with a roof, a shelter for the cold winter and the summer’s heat.
I am just a child whose childhood was lost in some distant land. This child wants to go back to that lost homeland. This child wants to stop being a refugee because it has been in this situation for the last ten years. Ever since all these started, her dream is the end of this adventure and one day this dream will come true.”