The government of Liberia has highly commended Abraham Keita, a young Liberian who won the International Children’s Peace Prize in The Hague, the Netherlands.
Abraham Keita, 17, won the 2015 International Children’s Peace Prize for his role in demanding justice for children who are victims of physical or sexual violence. He also successfully campaigned for the Liberian Senate to adopt the Children’s Law.
At the Ministry of Information’s regular press briefing in Monrovia yesterday, Minister Lewis G. Brown expressed the government’s gratitude and said Liberia celebrates with Keita’s family their son’s achievement of such an international award.
“These are joyous moments for Liberia especially having a 17 year old boy being nominated and winning an international prize. He won, and deservedly so. While we celebrate as government and people, we feel compelled to remind all of us that there is always someone watching us from a distance,” said Minister Brown.
He said the international award signifies excellent achievements not only for the Keita family, but the people of Liberia, adding that this is a testament that Liberia has gained her rightful place among the community of nations.
According to him, Liberia is back to its pre-war position, claiming international awards, “and will continue to showcase to the world the true meaning of being Liberian.”
“The fact that one of us, an ordinary young Liberian, can today win an international award, should say to all of us everywhere in Liberia, that no matter where you come from, what your tribe is, or what your gender is…you can win local and international awards,” declared Minister Brown.