Children’s International Peace Prize Recipient Presents on March 1
International Children's Peace Prize Recipient to Speak March 1
On Sunday, March 1 at 2 pm, Abraham Keita, recipient of the International Children's Peace Prize, will share the story of his ongoing and often perilous fight for global justice and children’s rights. Keita has addressed the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates on the refugee crisis, and justice and safety for children as well as the UN Human Rights Council where he spoke on child protection. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lauded Keita’s activism in a 2016 speech at the United Nations headquarters, “Abraham first started protesting violence against children when he was just nine years old. Now he is organizing Liberians for children’s rights – and inspiring people across the globe. Abraham once said he is fighting for a world where every child gets justice; every child is free from violence, and every child is empowered. I share this vision.”
Keita, who was 5 when his father was killed in an ambush during Liberia’s brutal civil war, grew up in extreme poverty with his mother and siblings in West Point, the largest slum of Liberia’s capital, Monrovia. At age 9 he first felt the outrage of injustice when a 13-year old girl in his community was raped and murdered. “Justice is not for the poor in Liberia,” he made clear. “Justice is only for the rich. Justice must be given to children.” Keita has played a leading role in the fight to end violence against children by successfully advocating for the establishment of the 2011 Children Law, incorporating both the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the African Charter. “I will be able to rest when every child across the globe will be able to smile and say that violence has been eliminated.”
In addition to local activism, Abraham lobbies, speaks out and writes articles that continue to attract the attention of global humanitarian organizations, policymakers and educators across the world. Currently a senior at The Hotchkiss School, Keita will attend Yale University in the fall of 2020. “I will remain a referee to ensure that Liberia becomes a country where the rights of children are respected and promoted, where opportunities are provided for children. This is the hope that I work with.” Registration for Keita’s free program is below or at 860-435-9851.
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On Sunday, March 1 at 2 pm, Abraham Keita, recipient of the International Children’s Peace Prize, will share the story of his ongoing and often perilous fight for global justice and children’s rights.
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