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Kyle Baleva for the 3rd time walks for his advocacy to support children victims of human rights violations!

Again, for the 3rd time Kyle Baleva now 14 years old will walk in the 95th  International Four-Day March known as “Walk of the World” in Nijmegen, The Netherlands along with 45,000 people from different parts of the world. He will hike 30 kilometer a day, a total of 120 kilometers for four days. The said event will start on July 19 and will end on July 22, 2011. 

In the past two years, Kyle joined this annual event in order to raise awareness and raise fund to support the “A Hand for an Orphan” project of the Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC). Through this project, children of victims of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances were provided with educational, medical and nutritional support. 

The executive director of CRC, Ms. Jacquiline Ruiz expresses gratitude and encouragement to Kyle, “In behalf of CRC, for the third time, we are with you in your 4-day journey. We wish that you will finish the race without any difficulty along the way. We know you can do it with your will and determination in helping Filipino children. We are also thanking you in advance for your persistence in your advocacy to support the Filipino children victims of human rights violations.”

Ruiz cited that after a  year of Benigno Simeon C. Aquino as president, there are a total of 48 victims of political killings and 5 enforced disappearances that leave more than eight orphaned children (as indicated in FS and UA). She added that the new counter-insurgency program, Oplan Bayanihan with respect on “human rights” as its main theme is no different from the Oplan Bantay Laya I&II of the previous administration of Arroyo. Those who violated human and children's rights are still at large and the number of violations is increasing. Children are still not spared. 

Last year, through the pledges in every mile Kyle walked from the 4-day walkathon, advocacy activities and the Annual Peace camp of CRC, a gathering of children victims and children of victims of human rights violations such as political killings, disappearances, illegal detention and torture was conducted. 40 children and 14 adults participated in the Peace Camp which included games, chanting and other fun activities to uphold children's rights. 

Baleva, started his advocacy when he was 12 years old. He was a son of Filipino migrants in The Netherlands. His father Boyen was once a victim of abduction, torture and illegal detention in 2001 during the time of President Arroyo. ###

 

you can visit this site to follow Kyle : http://www.filipinochildren.net/