Friday, September 28, 2007

Day of the Namibian Child!

In Namimbia, South Africa, The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare is trying to spread the word to people in the country, that children need and deserve to be cared for and protected. And today marks the Day Of The Namimbian Child, a day where everyone is asked to remember Namimbian children who have suffered through different types of poverty, abuse and neglect.
One of the most common forms of violence on children in Namimbia is rape. In 2006, there were a total of 953 reported rapes. Of these, 447 of the victims were children.
Another serious problem in Namimbia is the abandonment of babies! Many of these cases are teenaged girls who are afraid that they will not be able to raise their babies.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Sirkka Ausiku, notes that one of the reasons children seem to fall victim to abuse, neglect and abandonment in the country is that many adults feel they are only responsible for the welfare of their own birth children. If an adult sees her neighbor abusing or neglecting a child, she is likely to think, "Thats not my child, thats not my problem," instead of intervening or getting help. (Hmm, not so different from the USA, right?)
Today's celebration is an attempt to get people in Namimbia to make the safety of children a top priority.
So today, lets follow their example, and remember... whether a child lives in your house, next door to you, or in a different country far away... they are all our children.

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