I was heart broken when I watched a certain program from our local
television. There was this reporter/researcher who went to the one of
the remote areas of Northern Zimbabwe. He arrived at place. He met three
boys at the fields. And I did not like the condition they were in. If
you looked at their outside appearance and their motions, they could not
make proper movements. And you could see that their bodies have been exposed
to too much cold for too long. The boys were asked
what they were doing there. They stated that they were guarding the fields
from baboons. Oh, Lord how could people treat children like this!
Baboons are not a creature to fool around with; they are vicious.
Apart from baboons they are also other dangerous animals which can be
found in African forests. And if I look at the boys I dont think
they is anyone of them who was over 11 years of age. And at this age what
threat do they pose to baboons, none!
And they did not show any sign of food. Yes, the researcher offered them
food, polony and chocolate sweets. Thank you for that but, thats
only for that time. What about tomorrow, they will go back to the old
story. I cant blame the reporter much; he was just doing his job,
and I will have to thank him for exposing such cruelty.
We can cry and feel pity for these kids, but thats another story.
What hurt me and made angry was when he went to the homesteads of these
kids. I was appalled by the scene. He found the elders sitting doing nothing
apart from smoking their cigarettes. And they showed that they were getting
bored of just sitting.
So you can see what other students feel about child labour. This
article touched me, and it gives me the inspiration to fight against