Now ratified by almost every country in the world, the 1990 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out children’s rights to education, freedom of expression and a healthy environment. This series of short features looks at cases where children’s rights go largely unrecognised, stories including the forgotten Vietnamese children trapped in refugee camps in Hong Kong set up for the ‘boat people’ in the 1970s, girl slaves in Ghana, the sewer children of Mongolia and prostitution in the Niger Delta. It also focuses on upbeat stories of children overcoming adversity to win through: in Costa Rica the Children’s Plumbing Project teaches children practical plumbing skills; a documentary-making project is teaching teenagers to voice their own opinions in New York; photo-journalist Seamus Conlon is exhibiting photographs of lost children in Rwanda to help reunite families; a new initiative in Rajastan, the Children’s Parliament, is teaching children about democracy and rights. And finally, an orchestra in Egypt gives blind children the chance to express themselves through music.
Films in this series