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Child abuse on the rise

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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.

Child abuse and neglect during festive season

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Child abuse and neglect are serious issues in Namibia, as they are in many parts of the world.

During the festive season, incidents of child abuse such as physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as neglect, tend to rise, posing long-lasting and damaging effects on the well-being and development of children.

In Namibia, efforts have been made to address child abuse and neglect through legislation and child protection services.

The Child Care and Protection Act of 2015, for example, provides a legal framework for the protection and care of children.