Our aim is that one day, all children in Africa will live happy and safe lives without fear of abuse. But we can't do this alone. That's why we campaign at the local, national, and international levels to make children's rights a reality.
Nwanaokwo was accused of witchcraft by a pastor at age 9. His father tried to 'exorcise' him by forcing acid down his throat. The acid spilled on his face and blinded him. Local NGO workers took him to hospital but he died a few weeks later from his injuries. Despite spending his last days in unimaginable pain, Nwanaokwo was clear that he wanted his story to be told, to stop this happening to other children.
The photo of Nwanaokwo is too disturbing to share, instead we light a candle to remember Nwanaokwo and many other children who have suffered due to accusations of witchcraft.
Why is this important?
Many people are not even aware that children have rights. And they have never been told about the laws that protect children. Corruption, poverty, and inequality also play a huge role in preventing children from living happy and safe lives. As well as helping the children that need us today, we work to make sure that children will not need us tomorrow.
To do this we need to change attitudes and behaviours, and laws and policies, to prevent child abuse from happening and to make sure that children that have suffered abuse get the protection they need.
All of our advocacy and campaigning work is centred on the Prevent Abuse of Children Today (PACT) Campaign. This campaign focuses on the key issues of child witch accusations, sexual abuse of children, and street children's rights. PACT educated communities in Nigeria about children's rights and how children should be treated.
We help local grassroots organisations to develop their ability to respond to violations of children's rights. And we use our global network of campaigners to pressure the Nigerian government to live up to their responsibilities to protect children.