Malawian children remain in trouble

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Former justice of the Child Justice Court Esmie Tembenu has stressed the need for the country to protect children from all forms of abuse.

Esmie Tembenu

We need the policy:Tembenu

This comes at a time when some Non-Governmental Organisations expressed worry over the delay to adopt the child protection policy.

Tembenu said there is need to protect children from continued abuse and responding to the abuse by taking a child away from the abusive environment.

“We need to protect children from abuses and remove children from such environment and provide for them good education, shelter among others,” said Tembenu.

She added that there is need to follow all the elements of child protection as this will help the country to achieve the goal of protecting children from abuse.

On Tuesday, the Child Rights Permanent Committee (CRPC), a grouping of child rights NGOs in Malawi under the NGO Gender Coordination Network (NGOGCN), decried the challenges children in Malawi are facing and appealed for more attention from all players to ensure that children are protected.

Chairperson of the Committee, Lucky Mbewe, said as child rights committee their role was to ensure that children in Malawi lived in a safe, secure and protected environment that promoted the best interest of the child.

Mbewe said: “We are not happy with what is currently happening; children born with albinism are being killed like dogs.”

He asked government to make sure that children in Malawi were living safely by enabling the law to protect these children.

Mbewe further appealed to government, through the ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, to adopt the child protection policy.

In Malawi, children are subjected to various forms of abuse which includes violence, exploitation, rape and trafficking.

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