The most important people that need our care and love most of all are children. They are incapable of protecting themselves and fighting for their rights. That kind of conclusion I made yesterday after UNICEF representative’s ( Hanaa) speech.  Though she didn’t use any attention getting devices to compel our attention, everybody was listening to her, because the situation of children rights meant a lot to us. Actually, her theme was the best attention getting device. I used to think that situation with children rights in our country has no global problems. However, yesterday meeting and Hanaa’s presentation on children rights in Kazakhstan made me change my mind and find out more about human rights violation in our country.

I was shocked by the statistics she presented. The facts about child mortality and maternal mortality decreased since 2008-2010, but these facts leave much to be desired. I noticed that among the child mortality rate the first places take Asian countries and Kazakhstan is on the seventh place. It is rather disappointing information. What does it mean? Even though we signed Children Rights Declaration, the situation still remains problematic and actual one or is it getting better year by year.  I hope that these statistics are “reduced” and decreased numbers of the whole problem we had just only becoming independent.  Nevertheless, there are still a lot of problems to solve in a sphere of health and medicine. If we draw attention to the statistics on anemia proportion of women of reproductive age, we can clearly see that nearly 50% of women in our country have impoverished blood. That is bad, because it means that the half of all women, who are capable to give a birth to a child have weak health. Another distressing fact is suicide rate among 15-19 year old adolescents:  again Kazakhstan is “in a leading position.”

When I read the following NGO Partners report to UNICEF, I remembered “Two Kyrgyz women” by M. Franulovic:

Mariya was 14 when her mother and father died and she was placed at the orphanage in one of the main cities of Kazakhstan. Her parents were alcoholics so Mariya was often left without care. At the orphanage where she put after death of her parents she was often beaten by peers. When she was 15 she met a young man who promised to take her to Astana. She escaped from the orphanage to go to an attractive capitol with a new friend. In Astana she found out she was sold for 20,000 tenge (150 USD) to provide sexual services. When she refused her “owner” raped her and was beating her until she agreed. She was forced to have sex with up to ten customers a day, even when she was pregnant. When she delivered her baby was taken away and she never saw it. She is not even sure it was a boy or a girl. Thanks to one customer who helped her to escape she is now provided with support at a centre for victims of trafficking run but NGO. Mariya is happy she managed to run away but she said that many other young girls she knows were not so lucky…

This case have much in common with those Kyrgyz women’s ones. All of them underwent the hardship of being rescued once they get involved into the business of human trafficking. The thing that shocked me most off all is about the victims of trafficking in Astana, in the city, where we live. We used to think that such awful problems happen somewhere far away, far away from us, but it is not so. Who knows, perhaps, we meet those victims everyday in the streets of our capital city.

We say that world is getting better, but we do not always know what the real meaning of it is. Yes, I do not deny, the conditions for life is getting better, the amenities to live with comfort is improving. But! The most important creatures of the world – people – are dehumanizing themselves. That’s a big problem. It is the problem that causes a lot of them. The things that we create with hardships, we destroy at a glance.

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