Abuses increase against women and children displaced in Kenya
|Weeks after Kenya’s disputed elections, aid workers are reporting increasing abuse against women and children as violence continues to affect the poor and vulnerable.|
Thousands have fled the post-election violence, only to face the threat of rape and abuse in displacement camps, according to Rhoda Kasimbu, a child rights advocate and aid worker for World Vision.
“Displaced people continue to camp in temporary, makeshift structures that do not meet international humanitarian standards,” Kasimbu says. “Moreover, these camps are unsafe for children and women since they sleep together in the same areas as men—increasing the likelihood of abuse. This situation is poised to lead to post-traumatic challenges and the children need assistance to recover fully,” Kasimbu adds. Read more ...
Lucy Wangala, 22, holds her 10-month-old daughter Lucy Wanja. They fled their home in Malaba, Kenya and sought shelter at a refugee reception center in Uganda. Photo by Simon Peter Esaku/World Vision
With her few belongings, 55-year-old Mary Wanja Dirango lives and sleeps under a truck parked at a centerfor Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Busia police station on the Kenya side of the border. Photo by Simon Peter Esaku/World Vision
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