A Non-Governmental Organization, Save the Children, has revealed that children are the most affected in Kaduna rape cases.
According to the organization, sexual assault referral centers in Kaduna State had received a total of 662 cases of abuse against women and children since inception in 2016, adding that out of the 25 rape cases received, children, were the most affected.
An advocacy advisor with the organization, Mr Isah Ibrahim, disclosed this at a two-day sensitization workshop on Violence Against Children, which was organised by the National Orientation Agency in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund in Zaria.
“Out of the 662 cases recorded, 373 were received at Gwamna Awan specialist hospital, Nasarawa, 104 received at Sir Patrick Yakowa memorial hospital, Kafanchan, 114 cases at Yusuf Dantsoho specialist hospital, Tudun Wada and 71 received at Gambo Sawaba hospital, Zaria,” he said.
He noted that the centers provided medical consultation on individual cases and assisted with psychosocial management of the family while in crisis.
Mr Ibrahim identified Tudun wada, Kakuri, Gonin Gora, Rigasa, Rigachikun, Sabon tasha, Nasarawa, Romi among others as some major flashpoints of child abuse in Kaduna metropolis.
He, however, noted that the centers were faced with challenges of weak implementation of policies and limited working time, urging the state government to ensure proper implementation of the Child Right Act.