of children, provides no justiﬁcation for practicesthat are instrumental in causing deep hardship andsuffering, to the most vulnerable in society. “Culturaland traditional beliefs deeply rooted in societysanction violence as a way of disciplining children.In addition, there is no tradition or knowledge ofalternative ways of disciplining children other thanresorting to violent practices. Worse, is the fact thatchildren remain powerless victims, their viewpointsand opinions generally ignored, with no formal ortraditional recourse for redress or protection.” (Ibid)Ethiopia has a rich and ancient culture; let it not besoiled by the inclusion of abuse, violence and theexploitation of its children.Parents need to be made aware of the effects ofrepeated verbal and physical abuse and thatviolence towards the child is a criminal offense.Political will and moral responsibility In accordancewith the Governments legal obligations must beexpressed in the enforcement of the law by theappropriate authorities. Education, deterrents andplatforms of expression plus clear channels ofrecourse for children, will together help changeattitudes, curb destructive behavior and empowerthe young.
There are few corners of childhood in Ethiopia thatare safe it seems. “In schools, some takeadvantage of their positions and force students to