Sigmund Freud was undoubtedly right when he said decades ago that the child was the father of man. No one - during his reign or at this present time - has ever been able to disprove the ingenious postulation of the psychologist. This is because the man wouldn't have made it into adulthood without being a boy first. The woman too - like her gender counterpart - wouldn't have been successfully bred into elderliness without being a girl first, hence the prominent saying: "the young shall grow, and the old shall survive". Childhood is unique. It is the pathway to the future. The child is special, and as such should he be treated. The child is fragile. That's why the society should set an agile platform for him, not only to grow, but to glow. He should be enabled to flow too in an ambience (of a system) that would ensure and afford him an applaudable future - when he would have grown into adulthood with a career-path chosen.
The African child is apparently deprived of the aforementioned, and he seems to be dying in silence. He feels helpless that the environment he lives in isn't friendly enough to cater for his yearnings and aspirations. He unfortunately feels embittered on a daily basis.
The menace of rape on the girl-child, for instance, is on the increase and the justice system seems patting the perpetrators of the dastardly act on the back, whereas the victims wallow eternally in haplessness. Since rape started rearing its ugly head, some legislatures are yet to conclude on a corresponding penalty to be meted out to the culprits. Till today, bills are still inconclusively passing through reading. And in few African societies where there seem to be penalties attached to the viciousness of rape, such penalties are either less or not commensurate with the offence committed, hence the excruciating prevalence and persistence of the menace.