Remember children and take care of them!
Today is Universal Children’s Day, but who talks about it?
Since 1954, the United Nations General Assembly has been calling on all member states to define a Universal Children’s Day as a day of brotherhood and mutual understanding between all children around the world. The day is for the welfare of all children around the world. The United Nations suggests marking the day on any day, but there are several significant events that have taken place on November 20 that are related to children. On 20 November 1959, the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and in 1989-the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The UN has remembered this day since 1956. The goal is to improve the welfare of all children and help the UN make more efforts to protect children in different member countries. In its Resolution, the General Assembly noted that the acceptance of a Universal Children’s Day will only strengthen cooperation and solidarity betweeen all nations of the world. Every year, 11 million children die before attaining the age of five, tens of millions of children suffer from physical and mental defects and are deprived of normal growth and the minimal conditions required for living and growing. The main reason for most of the deaths are illnesses that are more often curable and can be prevented. The other reason for child deaths is poverty, the feeling of being abandoned by parents, national discrimination and violence. The above mentioned severe losses are a great tragedy for families, the society, many countries and the whole world, for that matter. Most of the children are compelled to struggle for their safety and lives starting from early childhood. They clash with many forces and try to stay alive in difficult conditions. Today, many children are helpless, lack awareness of their rights and can’t even stand up for their rights. They can’t receive an education and can’t become full-fledged members of the societies of their respective countries. Many children are directly cut off from social and political life and are ignored by the society. Yes, there is UNICEF, which carries out large-scale activities in all aspects of child health, starting from pre-natal and ending with the teenage years. But that’s not enough. Of course, the Foundation makes efforts to help all children suffering from AIDS or HIV receive the same care that their peers do, but it’s not always possible to help the children. Universal Children’s Day allows us once again to reinterpret what we have and reconsider all that surrounds us. People, pay attention to the children around you! Don’t let them live in darkness and in a struggle in the future! After all, we all say that there is a child in all of us. It’s strange that Armenia doesn’t attach too much importance to this day. Armenians more often don’t even talk about the problems facing Armenian children. It’s painful, but regression at this rate may darken the future of Armenian children, the future youth, parents and the owners of the country. As post-scriptum, currently, 300,000 children are literally engaged in military operations in different corners of the globe and are at risk of facing new dangers on a daily basis. In addition, 149,000,000 children are malnourished. Two-thirds of children live in Asia. Harutyun Tsatryan