By Mike Gwadani
Chinsapo in Lilongwe is one of the community that register high number of cases of trafficking of children for forced and arrange marriages.
According to child rights activist Maxwell Matewere worse are the high number of early pregnancies among the girls aged between 12 and 15 years that the township registers.
He says a day does not end without a defilement case or children forced into prostitution and drug trafficking.
“The community leaders are afraid of notorious gangs of young people that are causing a lot of problems and creating fear,” said Matewere adding, “these are some of the concerns we have been told by the community leaders over the weekend.”
“We did our best to educate them about human trafficking and drugs. Most importantly we educated them about child protection. We spent time to discuss ways and strategies they can follow as community leaders to address the problems. The children of this community will soon be treated as children again” Matewere boosted.
He further applauded USA based Patty Anderson for the support and sponsoring the books we donated for the children of this community.
Chinsapo Township has a well-trained and informed group of leaders geared to protect children from the Jaws of heartless men. Some community members were in the fore front mobilising and taking part in educating the community about children law’s.
“It’s a great relief for us to hear that the community has already removed some girls from forced marriages and reported new cases of defilement to the police from last Sunday. Please keep up with the good work. That’s what communities do for children” he said.