There is a fear that these kidnapped children may be sexually abused, they may be married early and may be used for fighting.
Dozens of Children Abducted in Mozambique: Women and children are suffering the most due to the ongoing violence in most countries of Africa. Now news has come from the East African country of Mozambique that dozens of children have been abducted here (Children Situation in Mozambique). This incident is from last year. International NGO ‘Save the Children’ has given this information. The NGO said in its report on Wednesday that child abduction has become a “new and dangerous strategy for rebel groups” in Cabo Delgado province.
Fierce fighting is going on in this province for the last three and a half years, in which about 3 thousand people have died so far. While more than 7 lakh people have had to be displaced (Mozambique Violence News). Most of which include children. Now Save the Children says at least 51 children, most of them girls, were abducted by rebel groups last year. But it is believed that this number may be higher. This data has been collected by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Jata Project.
fear of child sexual abuse
There is a fear that these kidnapped children may be sexually abused, they may be married early and may be used for fighting. Chance Briggs, director of the NGO’s Mozambique Country, says, “Kidnappings, seeing kidnappings, facing attacks, being forced to flee from armed groups – all these are extremely traumatic events for young children and teenagers.” These attacks are being carried out by an armed group named Al-Shabaab (Abductions Killings in Mozambique). Which has intensified violent activities in this province since October 2017.
Link to ISIS
The fighters of the rebel group are affiliated with ISIL (ISIS). Those who vandalize the cities. The group seizes control of major roads, destroys infrastructure and beheads civilians (Mozambique Group Violence). In this case, it has also been seen that the local people are forced into prostitution. The major port city of Mocimbo da Praia has also been occupied since August 2020. Dozens of people have been killed here since March and 67 thousand have been forced to leave their homes.
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