The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Muranga Disabled Children Exploited

The Murang'a South District Children Officer, Kaliku Ngeke has decried the worrying trend of abuse and exploitation of children with disability in the region.

The Officer said it was unfortunate that the people charged with the responsibilty of taking care of the vulnerable members of our society were the same one who abused and exploited them. They include Private, Public and even religious Institutions.

While addressing the District Advisory Committee meeting, Ngeke observed that children with special needs have continued to undergo untold suffering including discrimination physical and sexual abuse, abandonment and economic exploitation. He said well to do people were using them as child beggars and the proceeds they got from well wishers did not benefit them but a few selfish individuals who continue to abuse them and deny them there fundamental rights as children and human beings .

Ngeke noted with concern that children with disability in Murang'a lacked special facilities, institutions and programs tailored towards meeting their special needs. This year's theme is "the rights of children with disability; the duty to protect, respect, promote and fulfill their rights." He said this during the preparation for the day of the African child scheduled for 16th this month and said that the African Union (AU) has instituted a dedicated agency, the African Rehabilitation Institute (ARI) to implement the commitment of the African continent regarding persons with disability. He noted their access to basic services and participation in matters that affect them is hindered by their physical, mental and visual disability.

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