Community petitions government on violence against children

07 Sep 2018 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 07 SEP (NAMPA) – Members of the community on Friday handed over of a petition calling for an end to violence against children to Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila in Windhoek.
The petition was handed over at the multi-purpose youth centre in Katutura after a march from the Commando Hall in Katutura to the Staanvas location in Khomasdal, where the nine-year-old Cheryl Avihe Ujaha’s remains were discovered last week.
The petition was read by Uda Gawachab, a social work student at the University of Namibia.
“We call upon the Namibian Government and citizens to work together to improve the safety of our children. We appeal to the government to assist in upholding human rights by ensuring justice and protection for all Namibians. Our children are the future of this country and they need to feel safe and protected,” Gawachab said.
Accepting the petition, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said incidents of violence that target mainly children and women are a major national concern and they range from baby dumping, child neglect and physical and sexual abuse of children to abductions and murder.
“This violence not only deprives our nation of young productive lives, it is also an affront to us as a nation as it violates our most cherished values of the right to life, liberty and dignity. This situation calls for action by all of us,” the Prime Minister said.
She said the government is committed to ensuring that appropriate laws and policies are in place to protect people against gender-based violence and violence in general.
Ujaha will be laid to rest at the Gammams Cemetery in Pionierspark on Saturday.