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Business Will Never Kill The Child

By Odimegwu Onwumere
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Beating a child

is not the abuse,

but the abuse

is the mind

used in beating

the child.

Sending a child to hawk

is not the abuse,

but the abuse

is in the mind

used in sending

the child

to hawk.

If beating a child

and sending him to hawk

is abusing the child,

is sending a child to school,

at the early age,

perhaps against his wish,

not an abuse?

Most things

man has learnt

on the glebe

started before eighteen,

not when he is eighteen.

Heartbeat!

What is the abuse is:

not disciplining the child

when he wrongs,

not allowing him learn anything

because he is 'underage'

and allowing him live his 'life',

not the universal life?

Work will never kill a child,

but laziness will.

And that is the heartbeat!

This is a speech delivered by Odimegwu Onwumere, a Poet/Author and Media Consultant, the Founder of Poet Against Child Abuse (PACA), in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on 26th May, 2010, in marking of the year's Children's Day ( May 27 every year). Contact: +2348032552855. Email: [email protected]