The desire of every child is to live with the parents, enjoy childhood and grow to become a responsible adult.
This desire is reinforced in the UN Convention on the rights of the child.
Article 5 stipulates a child’s right to family guidance.
This is simply described in Ghana’s Child and Family Welfare Policy as ‘families are irreplaceable’.
To fully enjoy this right, children who go missing must be found and reintegrated, as stated in Article 39 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child that a child has the right to recovery and reintegration.
After the premiering of the ‘Missing Children’ documentary by Atinka TV’s Regina Asamoah on 22 May 2021, a total of 52 missing children and two missing adults have been reunited as of 9 September 2021.
It was an emotional scene to behold as parents and guardians wept, hugged, danced and screamed in excitement at the sight of seeing their missing children.
It was a prayer answered for many; and for others, it was their happiest moment in life, as they got absolved of the accusation that they used their children for rituals.
Most importantly, the belief in the journalism profession was deepened as many described the ‘Missing Children’ documentary as impactful journalism.
As a sequel to the first documentary, Atinka TV is set to premiere the Season II of Regina Asamoah’s documentary on Saturday, 18 September 2021 at 7:30 pm.
A total of 42 missing children kept in two government homes will be shown during the premiering with the hope of reuniting them with their families.
With some having gone missing since 2012, these 42 children are keeping the hope alive to meet their parents/guardians and live together as a family, as specified in Article 9 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which talks about keeping families together.
These missing children will recount how they got missing and hopefully, their parents and guardians will learn from these instances and be more proactive with their parental role.
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