Violence against Barely a month after World Vision released a report showing violence against Kenyan children has increased. In front of the whole world and nation Police were caught on tape and camera teargassing pupils of Lang’ata Road Primary School. The children who were protesting for a worthy cause: to have their playing ground returned after it was grabbed. This was a sad day indeed for all Kenyans leading to a furious President Uhuru Kenyatta warning his cabinet Secretary of Lands Charity Ngilu.
World Vision released the results of the 2014 World Vision global views on violence against children survey. The survey conducted by research company, Ipsos has revealed some shocking results. The survey was conducted between August 9th -15th 2014 with sample size of 200 face-to-face interviews.
The survey was conducted in 28 countries with a sample size of over 11,000 with Kenya categorized among the fragile states. The experiences of Kenya are rather baffling in terms of violence against children:
94% of Kenyans know a child victim of violence but whom do they tell? What steps do they take? Is it enough just to know a victim?
58% of the population in Kenya feel that violence against children in Kenya has increased in the last five years. Public places ranks high followed by public transportation ranking second highest as places most likely for children to be violated.
Alcoholism and drug abuse is listed as the highest factor leading to violence against children while lack of knowledge and poverty follows next.
Winnie Kamau for African Voices
President Association of Freelance Journalists
Media Relations Consultant