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29 acts against kids in Jan

Dawn Gibson
Monday, February 11, 2013

TWENTY-nine child abuse and neglect cases were reported last month, it has been revealed.

This figure has alarmed the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation and it has called on non-government organisations (NGOs), faith-based organisations and communities to address the issue together.

Minister Dr Jiko Luveni said the report also highlighted the issues with the different divisions within the country.

"We are deeply concerned with this report, which shows the Central Division has the highest number of sexual abuse cases recorded and Northern has more of the neglect cases," Dr Luveni said.

She said the ministry would not tolerate such dehumanising acts committed on innocent children.

Dr Luveni said NGOs and faith-based organisations needed to work with the communities and that such acts must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

"We need to identify and address the causes and inculcate family and community support to ensure the well-being and safety of children," she added.