AFRICA/KENYA - The Bishop of Kakamega's alarm: Abuse and violence against children are increasing

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 sexual abuse   minors  

Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) - "Child abuse and violence have increased within families, institutions and society". This is the alarm launched by His Exc. Mgr. Joseph Obanyi, Bishop of Kakamega and Apostolic Administrator of Bungoma. Speaking on the occasion of the Catholic education day of the diocese, at the Archbishop Njenga Girls High School in Chekalini Parish, Bishop Obanyi invited teachers and all those entrusted with minors to ensure that all children are protected in every aspect of their life.
Mgr. Obanyi, as President of the Commission for Social Issues of the Episcopal Conference of Kenya (KCCB), recalled that zero tolerance for child abuse is needed and that a loving environment must be created for all children.
Mgr. Obanyi asked the teachers to take note of the diocese's child protection policy, and pledged to strengthen the collaboration of the diocese with government authorities and other structures to ensure that all aspects of child welfare are managed in a professional and correct way.
According to a report drawn up in 2017 by the NGO World Visions, 150,000 are victims of sexual abuse every year in Kenya. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 29/5/2019)