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Namibia has seen an alarming increase in child abuse cases, with recent events underscoring the vulnerability of children to neglect, rape, and violence.

In the latest disturbing incident, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her two uncles.

Another alleged rape incident involves a nine-year-old girl.

An eight-year-old boy was reportedly burned by his uncle for stealing food.

Recently, a Grootfontein couple was charged with child abuse and neglect of their 17-month-old, resulting in the girl losing a foot.

A male, aged 34, was arrested for allegedly raping a minor, while an 87-year-old male suspect was arrested for reportedly raping his 14-year-old granddaughter.

These are only a few of the reported instances from October to this month, including the most recent cases of child abuse.

Recent police report statistics reveal that in January 2024, there were five cases reported: three in February and one in March.

The protection of children is paramount under Namibian law, recognising their vulnerability and the need for safeguarding.

The Senior Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Justice, Edmund ||Khoaseb emphasised the importance of proactive measures in safeguarding children from harm and ensuring their well-being.

“Our citizens should know the law and the rights that come with it when they find themselves in a trouble. In this case, for children, as neighbours, we want to ensure you know what your right is when a child is being abused or mistreated, and the best way to do that as the Ministry is to make sure that legislation is there and it covers all these loopholes.”

Psychologist Yvonne Strammis, who boasts over 20 years of experience in psychology, spoke about the importance of parents and guardians having an open relationship with their children and believing them when they report experiencing abuse.

“Believing the children, the victims, for the things that they went through, and sometimes it's not happening, if we start believing the victims, then it's easier to take action, and you can only know what steps to take through education.”

Children are the most vulnerable members of our society, and their protection is essential for creating a stronger and better Namibian nation.

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