Karla Gallo´s Interview.


With the help of a collaborator of Amnesty International here in Spain, Sara Collante, we have managed to make some small questions to the charge and representatives of the national office of child protection , the United Nations Fund for Children ( UNICEF) in Mejico, Karla Gallo Campos.

She is in charge of this area and tells us that his goal is to ensure the rights of children and adolescents regarding education, health and family life. This is one of the priorities with which it is told in UNICEF and she´s encouraging everybody to fight against that.

Sara study at University of Guadalajara, place where she is living right now and has been working also in the past in the Organization of United Nations and in CIDE, center for research and higher education specializing in social sciences, guided by international standards of quality and publicly funded.

 

These pictures are taken in UNICEF page

 

What`s the main problem you are working with?

Since I started working with UNICEF I work primarily through numerous studies and visits to address an issue that I consider very important. This is the risks, weaknesses and insecurities to which migrant children are exposed when traveling looking for a better quality of life, new opportunities for a better future. One of our main priorities is to ensure the rights of children and adolescents, something not very common for everybody.

Why do you think that this child’s are running away to another city?

Often the reason for run-away of their country is because their situation is unstable, they feel constrained by the political system of their country. Another important reason is because their most basic rights such as education, receive sanitary help… is not being respected. They also can be recruited into terrorist organizations and have to exercise as a child soldiers, working for military groups becoming sex slaves, prostitutes, cookers or bomb childs.

Do you think that it´s important for these children that their rights are respected?

Of course, each and every one of the children’s rights are inalienable and indispensable, so that no one can violate them or ignore them under any circumstances. They themselves have to feel respected and worthy since they are young in order to promote these rights in their own society, regardless of culture or religion, but often this is not so. Therefore, many children with awareness escape to another country looking for equality and tolerance and somewhere to create a new family and forget their past life.

The human rights are something universal that everybody should know, without knowledge we cannot defend us and also respect other ones.

So, what do you think that countries can do?

I think that the best they can do the states to curb this problem of child migration is giving better and more opportunities to grow up and develop, they should be protected over the rights of children to prevent child exploitation and reclusions and other many problems that these children are living, and of course provide legal protection to them.Latin America is a good example of area that we can act primarily.

Is your workgroup larger enough to include all the issues?

Here we help everybody, but there are specialized people in this ambit of childhood such as Patricia Inzunza, Academic Coordinator of Basic Education and responsible care for migrant children or Florentino Castro Lopez, Secretary of Public Education and Culture that are helping me closer with these affecting project.

 

To end, I would like to thank you for your attention and for transmit us a little more of these exciting but hard work.

Sofía Pachon

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