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PLAN International joined hands in solidarity with the rest of Africa to celebrate the day of the African Child that the African Union (AU) describes as “an opportune moment to take stock of the progress made and outstanding challenges towards the full realisation of the rights of children in the region”.This year,the celebrations are centred on humanitarian response under the theme :Humanitarian Action in Africa:Children’s Rights First.An AU estimation states that at least 13,5 million African children have been displaced from their homes through conflicts, climate change and poverty and are in need of humanitarian help. Cyclone Idai is said to be one of the worst tropical storms to hit Southern Africa and it caused untold devastation and suffering in several parts of Zimbabwe. Sheila (14) is one of these children whose life came to a traumatising grinding halt when the Idai-induced floods struck. She rightly highlights issues of social protection,education access and birth registration that have been brought to the attention of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of Children (ACERWC) delegation that Haa been in Zimbabwe this past week to review the progress of the implementation of it’s recommendations on the initial report on Zimbabwe in 2015. In line with the. Theme of putting the Children’s Rights First in humanitarian response,PLAN International Zimbabwe innovated the “One-Stop Shop for Child protection” last month to respond to the needs of children accessing their rights in Cyclone Idai Emergency Response. The “One-Stop Shop” is being implemented in collaboration with the Child Protection Consortium that consists of partners from both non-governmental and government agencies to offer a comprehensive package of child protection services such as psychosocial support through child friendly spaces,group and individual counselling for children and their families, specialised mental health assistance as well as tracking of missing children,legal support in applications for replacement of ID documentation and police support to report cases of abuse and gender-based violence,as well as campaignsto raise awareness of the increased risk of child abuse and sexual exploitation targeting the most affected communities.