Saturday, November 21, 2009

Madiba concerned about the plight of children

By Ofentse Mokae
21 November 2009


Former President Nelson Mandela and his wife, Graca Machel say being awarded the decade global award for helping children, is very special given the place children occupy in their hearts and lives.

The couple will get about half of the 1-point-63 million US-dollars prize money from the Decade Child Rights Heroes award.

The remainder will be shared by the other 12 annual prize winners.

Mandela and Machel however expressed concern that too many children still suffer from hunger, disease, abuse and neglect.

The Swedish Children’s World Association has been awarding the annual award since 1999 for outstanding contributions in defending the rights of children and youth.

More than 7 million children took part in the global vote this year.

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