Identification of vulnerable children in Kisantu by the NGO APEF

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Kisantu, June 22nd, 2022 (CPA).-The NGO Action for the Protection of Children and Women (APEF) carried out a fact-finding mission in five districts of Kisantu in Kongo Central with a view to identifying the most vulnerable children. vulnerable, indicated in an interview Tuesday with the CPA the secretary general of this NGO, Claude Mampuya. This activity concerns children who experience the most protection problems, namely orphans, abandoned and separated children, school leavers, so-called witches, victims of economic exploitation, victims of abuse and neglect and those living with disabilities, said Claude Mampuya. The objective of this survey is to have a clear idea of ​​the existence of the most vulnerable children in the face of all these forms of rejection, to discover the homes and households where they live and to follow the rise in the number of victims, the frequency , the form and extent of abuse in the community, he added. At the end of this survey carried out with a reach of 2,000 households, 4 groups of the most vulnerable children were identified.

Children identified in the survey

47 children including 23 girls and 24 boys were identified in 500 households surveyed about the economic exploitation of children. They are in the fields of transport, the sale of chikwanges, water in sachets, alcoholic beverages on street corners and in agricultural labour. 16 children living with disabilities including 7 girls and 9 boys are the object of abuse out of 61 children vulnerable to abuse identified in 500 other households, who do not have access to school and health care and are victims discrimination and marginalization. 25 children including 1 girl and 24 boys are separated and unaccompanied identified during this investigation. 12 of them said they cannot return to their original households and families due to parental divorce, suspicion of witchcraft, parental irresponsibility and abuse. 54 orphans including 37 girls and 17 boys were identified as vulnerable to neglect, due to the lack of parents. This survey was carried out at the request and with the support of World Vision, AP Kintanu, under the supervision of the social affairs office of Inkisi.