By; Mgandi Ngala
Gender and child rights activists have raised concerns over increased rape cases at Changamwe and Jomvu Sub-counties in Mombasa.
The activists say that the sexual violence against women and children in the two constituencies were alarming and that immediate actions were needed to avert the issue.
Led by Haki Africa’s Gender and child rights Officer Salma Hemed they said that the issue was getting out of hand and that stakeholders should come up with measures so as to save children and women from increased sexual violence in the area.
Salma said that the magnitude of the problem has caused fear among parents as three rape cases could be reported from Chaani area in just a week.
She urged locals to work closely with police and the activists so as to protect children.
She revealed that many cases went unreported which posed a serious challenge in the fight against sexual violence against women and children in the area.
“Some of the victims do not survive the ordeal, they are gang raped and killed, such incidences have been reported at Jomvu,” added Salma.
She said that Haki Africa, a human right organization was already pursuing several cases in court and she appealed for support from other child rights network in the region.
“If these cases are reported to us and locals come forward with enough evidence then we are to the right direction,” she added.
However, she appealed to security agents to help the activists in their fight against the inhuman acts in Mombasa.