Jakarta Globe | Thursday, 4 December 2014
Last year, my 9-year-old son Shaleem painted a picture about the rights of the child for a school project.
I was surprised. He divided the frame into two halves. The first half depicted a child with a happy face, wearing good clothes, playing and having fun in a park. The other half of the frame showed a child with an unhappy face, wearing torn clothes and working under the hot sun. When I asked him why he painted this, he explained that every day on his way to school here in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, he sees other children who are working. "Do they not have rights to go to school, to play and to have fun?" he asked me.