Children Get Their Day Today

International Children’s Day will be marked across Cambodia today with rallies, panel discussions and children’s games, organizers said. 

Activities are planned in 12 provinces, as well as Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville, according to Tim Seaman of the local human rights NGO Licadho.

The day will focus on such problems as child labor, child soldiering and prostitution, he said.

“These are the issues that will be highlighted and we’ll be looking for responses from the government,” Seaman said. “There are so many situations here, we have to keep vigilant.”

He cited the case of a 15-year-old girl in Sihanoukville who has been sold three times by her mother into prostitution since she was 13. “These are the kind of things we encounter every day,” he said.

Celebrations will be from 8 am to 4 pm in Phnom Penh at the Kindergarten Teacher’s Training Center on Norodom Boulevard opposite Wat Than. Minister of Social Welfare and Labor Suy Sem will speak at 8:30 am.

The festivities are being coordinated by the Cambodian National Council for Children and the NGOs Committee for Children’s Rights.

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