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Life and Debt in Africa

Public Forum on Children’s Rights as Human Rights: Childhood Lost. The first of two events dealing with children's rights. Childhood Lost will explore the impact of conflict and poverty on the basic human rights of children in Africa.

Saturday, February 25, 2006
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Crescent Heights Language Arts School
Social Justice Magnet
1661 S Crescent Heights Blvd (near Pico Blvd)
Los Angeles, CA 90035

The Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by all nations expect the United States and Somalia, spells out the basic human rights that children everywhere – without discrimination – have: the right to survival; to develop to the fullest; to protection from harmful influences, to protection from abuse and exploitation; and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life.

Children’s Rights as Human Rights: Childhood Lost will explore how the debt crisis has undermined childhood for many in Africa. Debt servicing payments are siphoning millions of dollars from developing nations that would otherwise have gone towards funding education, healthcare, and other services that are critical to a child’s development.


  • Besinati Mpepo - Executive Director, Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) in Zambia
  • Kristin Sundell - Outreach/Congregations Coordinator, Jubilee USA Network
  • Brian Hooks - American Friends Service Committee
  • Ntando Ndlovu - Acting Director, Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt & Development (ZIMCODD) in Zimbabwe

Second in this series “CHILDREN RIGHTS AS HUMAN RIGHTS: CHILDREN IN WAR ZONES” will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2006 at UCLA. Details available on ASC’s website shortly.

Cost: Free and open to the public

For more information please contact

James S. Coleman African Studies Center
Tel: 310-825-3686

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, American Friends Services Committee and Crescent Heights Language Arts - Social Justice Magnet