Segments in this Video

Child Trafficking in Africa (04:15)


In West Africa, 200,000 children are sold each year. The children may end up in prostitution or subjected to enslavement. Middlemen take children from families and sell them. Children may be killed and their organs sold.

Rescue of Exploited Children (03:58)

Children have no way to defend themselves against their exploiters. Police transfer rescued children to the Terre des Hommes Oasis Center in Benin. Here the children are rehabilitated for several months and taken back to their families.

Art Therapy for Abused Children (03:55)

The majority of girls who come to the Oasis Center have been raped and abused. They are withdrawn, often filthy, and covered with wounds. A child psychiatrist helps them regain their confidence through art therapy.

Stolen Children in Benin (03:22)

In Benin, family members or strangers trick parents into giving up their children. Only when authorities return the children do parents find out what happened to them. The children have been deprived access to nearly all of their rights.

AIDS Orphans in Uganda (03:22)

In Uganda, AIDS orphans are educated and cared for at the Jinja School for Orphans. Hundreds of thousands of other AIDS orphans wander the streets of Africa's cities, and militant groups use many as soldiers.

Kenya: Donkeys Essential to Economy (03:58)

In Lamu, Kenya, donkeys are so important to the economy that people treat them like members of the family. A veterinarian treats donkeys at no cost to residents of the island.

Kenya's Extended Families (03:45)

In Kenya, one out of ten children is an orphan. Only the extended family makes survival possible. Abdul's uncle raises him as a son, teaching him a trade and also how to race his boat, an old dhow. Abdul attends Koran school each morning.

Community Festivals and Celebrations (05:11)

In Kenya, on the island of Lamu, the village holds donkey races to benefit children on the island. Men prepare their dhows for a boat race. Villagers believe in water spirits and spells.

Street Children of Cape Town, South Africa (03:17)

In South Africa, 4.5 million people suffer from AIDS. Barbara Petersen feeds and counsels street children like the thousands of orphans that roam the streets of big cities. These children do not attend school and are forced to beg for a living.

Dance Project in Cape Town (03:46)

The "Dance for All" project brings dance to poor areas of Cape Town, South Africa, where the remnants apartheid still hang over the slums. A British dance teacher gives children the opportunity to experience self-fulfillment, discipline, and safety.

Poverty in Cape Town (02:57)

Despite positive changes in Cape Town, 40% of the population is unemployed and violence is a constant in some townships. After a student uprising in 1996, education for Africans improved in South Africa.

Opportunities for Black Children in Dance (03:27)

A former dance student, a young woman is now a dance instructor. Though she lives in a "shack," she is proud of her achievements in dance. For the first time for many young black dancers, they are mixing with white children.

Post-Apartheid South Africa (02:56)

For many of Cape Town's black children, the post-apartheid years have brought more opportunities in education and for better housing. Some have access to dance and sports participation after school, something impossible in past years.

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Growing Up in Africa: Helping Children in Benin, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda

Part of the Series : The Call of Africa: The Voice of a Continent
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Based on recent statistics, 90 percent of the world’s orphans live in sub-Saharan Africa; 40 percent of African children work seven days a week; and many support themselves by prostitution or are subjected to enslavement. This program highlights the work of the Terre des Hommes Oasis Center, in Benin, which rescues, rehabilitates, and returns exploited children to their families; the Jinja School for Orphans, in Uganda; extended families on Kenya’s Lamu Island, who educate and support the locale’s many orphans; Barbara Petersen, who feeds and counsels street children in South Africa; and, also in South Africa, the Dance for All project, an initiative that brings dance to the poor areas of Cape Town. (Portions in other languages with English subtitles, 50 minutes)

Length: 50 minutes

Item#: BVL39448

ISBN: 978-1-60467-349-4

Copyright date: ©2004

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