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HARARE, President Robert Mugabe has called on the youth of Zimbabwe not to take for granted the rights and freedoms they enjoy today as these are fruits of the independence won through the sacrifices of living and fallen freedom fighters.

He was addressing school children at the official opening of the 25th Junior Parliament session here over the weekend, held every year in commemoration of the Day of the African Child which falls on June 16 and which is held in commemoration of

school children who were massacred by the apartheid regime in Soweto, Johannesburg, in 1976 for protesting against poor quality education and for demanding their right to be taught in their own languages.

President Mugabe said as the people reflected on the brutality perpetrated by the apartheid regime against the innocent children, it was important not to let their sacrifices go in vain. He likened the atrocities committed during the apartheid era to those committed by Rhodesians before Zimbabwe became independent.

For example, he said the bombings at Nyadzonia, Chimoio in Mozambique and at Freedom camp in Zambia killed thousands of innocent children and women who were not necessarily freedom fighters.

We have said bygones are bygones but we shall never forget these acts of brutality that were committed on us and on our children. We shall remember them so we do not take our freedom for granted and we continue to respect, naturally, those of our cadres who are still alive for the fight that they put up, he said.

We should derive courage and determination also to look at Zimbabwe as a country hard earned, whose independence was hard earned and as government tries to develop our nation you in school others elsewhere perhaps having left school and working all of us, every one of us must bear in mind, bear in mind all the time, constantly that we are derived, are inheritors of the result of that struggle the blood that was shed."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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