Child Abuse in an African Context
Beatrice Mumbi, the JCAM Safeguarding Coordinator, told ACI Africa that child abuse in Africa manifests itself in some forms of punishment meted against children.
“Africa has always had a harsh way of raising children and the older people rarely distinguish it from child abuse. In many African countries, abuse of children is taken as discipline,” Ms. Mumbi said in the Thursday, January 13 interview.
According to the Kenyan legal expert who has conducted numerous child safeguarding training sessions across Africa, most child abuses in many African countries go undetected and unaddressed because children rank low in societal hierarchies.