Noticias Caracol journalists Catalina Gómez and Margarita Rojas wore a blue button on the midday broadcast this Monday, November 20, 2023. The reason? It commemorates World Children’s Day and 34 years since the promulgation of children’s rights.
Noticias Caracol joined Unicef with the ‘In blue tone’ campaign, to raise awareness about the importance of having protective environments, free of violence.
“We are the same sky painted blue.” With this message, Unicef calls for the protection of the rights of children in Colombia who have suffered from violence, recruitment, malnutrition and abandonment in the country.
“Violence continues to increase, especially there is an increase in the recruitment of children, but also in issues of malnutrition, lack of water and also worrying numbers when we talk about the quality of education, what children learn,” lamented Tanya Chapuisat, Unicef representative in Colombia.
Last year, more than 21,000 boys and girls suffered from acute malnutrition, 2 million did not have access to drinking water, 2,600,000 did not have education and, between 1990 and 2017, 16,000 children were victims of forced recruitment, use and use for armed conflict.
“Today as a country, at the end of September, we registered a number of 71,000 boys and girls who have arrived at ICBF with different forms of rights violations.. “We should reach a zero case, that is, we have no reason to enter ICBF, the protection system,” said Adriana Velásquez, deputy director of the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare.
Colombia has time to stop these numbers. ‘In blue tone’ is a song inspired by the thoughts of more than 50 children who believe that reality can be changed.
“This song is wonderful because the lyrics were largely composed by all the children from many communities that are throughout Colombia with many needs.and everyone talked about the blue sky,” added Miguel de Narváez, composer.
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