Children living in Africa face alarming rates of physical, sexual, and emotional violence "at home, in school or on the streets," a study reported by Reuters said Wednesday.
The African Child Policy Forum interviewed kids across the continent about the violence they experienced by their teachers and classmates and reported these numbers:
-92 percent of students in Togo
-86 percent in Sierra Leone
-73 percent in Egypt
-71 percent in Ghana
-60 percent in Kenya
Sixteen percent of children in Ethiopia, Mali, Morocco, Uganda and Zambia said they had scars on their bodies from physical punishment. More than 65 percent of girls in Sierra Leone reported sexual violence.
The ACPF told Reuters violence against children is being treated as a norm in African societies. Laws put in place to protect children, ACPF said, are not enforced.
Freedom from violence for children is "indispensable for the sustainable social and economic development of African nations," said Marta Santos Pais, UN special representative of the UN secretary general on violence against children. Reuters reported the violence was worse for children with disabilities, as well as for those working on the streets and doing domestic work.
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