World renowned Liberian activist and World Children’s Prize laureate Dr. Kimmie Weeks has commended seventeen year old Abraham M. Keita of Liberia for winning the 2015 International Children’s Peace Prize award.
Dr. Weeks said in a press release yesterday that the recognition of young Keita is a victory for Liberia and it is additional evidence of the power and abilities of Liberian children and youth.
Dr. Weeks said: “We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Keita. He is indeed a role model for all of Liberia’s children.”
He admonished Keita to remain steadfast in his advocacy, observing that: “The best advocacy is that which is done by people who are members of the affected community, so in this vein Keita and others his age are best placed to passionately advocate around issues affecting their age group or constituents.”
Dr. Weeks said he looks forward to seeing Keita continue his advocacy for children in Liberia and around the world.
According to the International Children’s Peace Prize Committee, Keita was selected for the award because he “fights for justice for children who are victims of violence. In doing so, he has shown that he can identify violations of children’s rights, and take action to call the perpetrators to account. Above all, his fight for justice is peaceful and powerful.
“Children all over the world must feel empowered to stand up for their own rights and for those of other children, and Keita is doing just that. He is a role model for children everywhere, showing the world that justice can and should be served,” the committee added.