Gender and human rights defenders have raised concerns over the increase of rape and other forms of violence against women and children in Tana River County.
In a fact finding mission in Tana river County, the activists led by Haki Africa Rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta, said they have recorded a total of 23 rape cases in their two day mission in the county.
According to Mr. Shipetta the rape and sodomy cases involve close relatives.
“Most of the victims have opted to remain silent fearing that they may be attacked by the perpetrators,” said Mr. Shipetta.
He also blamed parents for opting to resolve the cases at home.
“I want to warn the parents that this is beyond their capacity, they must report such disturbing cases to authorities so that the victims get justice,” noted Shipetta.
He said despite all the happenings, the government has not dedicated itself in taming the vice.
“This psychologically affects children but no one cares about them, we will pursue all the reported cases until the perpetrators are nabbed,” he assured locals.
He said the human rights organisation will closely work with Tana river County based community organisation so that they closely monitor the situation and empower communities in the fight against violence against women and children.
Shipetta also said Haki Africa will open Tana river social justice centre in the county in efforts to fight sexual and gender based violence especially among women and children.