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Children with disability disadvantaged

At least 150 children living with disability are sexually abused in Trans Nzoia County every year.

According to research carried out by a local NGO, Human Inclusion International organization, the worst affected are children with sensory impairment.

The NGO’s Kitale project officer Janet Nyangweso told a workshop Friday that children with disability are more sexually abused than the healthy ones because of their state.

Participants during a meeting conducted by Human inclusion international organization at a Kitale hotel on how to end sexual violence against children living with disability.

“Children with disabilities and especially sensory impairment face sexual violence three times more than healthy children,” she noted.

According to Nyangweso, Human Inclusion International organization came up with Ubuntu care programme that has been helping to curb sexual violence against children living with disabilities since 2015.

“Our aim of coming up with Ubuntu care was to draft policies that will ensure children living with disability are well protected against sexual violence,” Nyangweso added.

She noted that Tuwan slums in Trans Nzoia West, Endebess sub county and Trans Nzoia East sub-county lead as far as defilement of disabled children is concerned.

Nyangweso called on different stakeholders including medics, Judiciary, policemen, psychosocial and educational professionals, leaders and community workers to help end sexual violence among children living with disability.

He challenged local administrators to identify victims of sexual abuse and perpetrators for necessary action to be taken.

By Pauline Ikanda

 

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