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Human trafficking to blame for increased orphans in Garissa

09 May 2016, 15:40 Zainabu Juma

Nairobi - Children who are trafficked mostly from the Dadaab refugee camp find their way into Garissa rescue centers and were to blame for the increased number of orphans in the area.

Speaking at the Garissa children center during celebration to mark the World Orphans Day, the institution’s manager, Bashir Abdullahi said that the continued spillover of refugees into the country had further complicated the matter.

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Abdullahi said in most cases, it was difficult to trace the parents of the children police intercept and they were believed to be victims of human trafficking.

“These children are brought to us and we have no option but to provide shelter for them,” he said.

Abdullahi, who is also the Garissa children’s officer, further took issue with community elders for infringing rights of the children.

“Hundreds of children have been subjected to untold abuse in the villages and homes. We have a lot of pedophiles roaming out there who commit these crimes with impunity,” he said.

The children’s officer said in the end, the actions taken by the elders had a disastrous effect on protection of the affected children.

Abdullahi, cited lack of adequate resources and staffing as some of the challenges facing the institution, and called upon the government and non-governmental organizations to come to their aid.

“We lack adequate lawyers for children issues to be taken through the criminal justice system”, he said.

The theme of this year’s celebration was ‘embracing peace in Africa and safeguarding all rights of children’.

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