A 9-year-old physically challenged girl whose grandparents allegedly kept her confined in the family home for her entire life has been freed and taken into care.
Officers attached to the Child Protection Unit at the Nakuru County stormed a home in Ngata Estate where they rescued the girl who is also blind, after a tip off from members of the public.
Rongai Sub County Children’s Officer Viola Yego said child neglect charges would be preferred against the minor’s grandparents.
We found the child in a severe state of neglect when we arrived into the home. She has been confined indoors and has never been allowed the opportunity to attend school. We will deal with the culprits appropriately in accordance with the Children’s Act, said Ms Yego.
National Chairman to the Association of the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK) Fred Owako who accompanied the unit said arrangements had been made to admit the girl at Milimani Special School
She will be taken through an elaborate medical examination, given the required food, shelter and educated. We have gathered that the girl has really suffered but that has come to an end. She is going to be a boarder at the school, said Mr Owako.
Earlier there was drama after an elderly relative of the minor attempted to prevent team from taking away the girl.
The woman later relented after being warned that she risked arrest for preventing them from executing their mandate.
Ms Yego said that the team was tracking down parents who were denying their children education and health care based on the disability.
She said Chiefs and their Assistants had been equipped with skills of dealing with Child neglect cases before forwarding them to the relevant officers on the ground.
Mr Owako lamented that children with disabilities were most at risk of abuse, adding that APDK was taking steps to help lower the odds. He said such parents should be counseled on some of the stresses they might face in dealing with their child’s special needs.
Members of families having a child with disability should be aware of the extra support required to assist in meeting the child’s health and developmental needs. They may need extra help in managing the often more complex parenting environment, said APDK National Chairman.
Source: Kenya News Agency