Nation eating its own children

16 January 2020 | Opinion

“When a hyena wants to eat its own children, it first accuses them of smelling like goats.” This African proverb thunderously resonates with regular occurrences of violence against children in Namibia, especially the girl child.

Such violence is, more often than not, perpetrated by the victims' own family members. Already defenceless because of their age, these children often suffer in silence out of fear, ignorance or not knowing who to turn to.

Yesterday, a Rehoboth father was in the local magistrate's court to apply for bail after he was arrested for allegedly raping his own daughter, aged eight.

The 68-year-old accused, perceived as a father figure in his community – partially due to having been a teacher at the town for decades, is said to have been sexually abusing his biological minor for a stretched period of time.

Namibian children are in real trouble. Throughout the history of humankind, fathers were always their daughters' first port of call whenever they felt threatened in any way. Now it is their fathers pursuing them to quench their shameful insatiable lust.

Children are so much in trouble that many of them cannot even confide their horrors in their own mothers, who often spring to the defence of their husbands.

Even schools are littered with sexual predators in whom children cannot confide their suffering at home.

In church, on paper the holiest place on earth, children have become fodder for the preachers' gratification.

Just last September, a married Lutheran church pastor was arrested for allegedly raping a local learner at Ongha, over a sustained period.

It is even suggested that one Sunday he left the girl in his house and went to preach God's gospel in church, returning later to continue his satanic deeds.

Simply put, the girl child is a troubled species. She has absolutely nowhere to turn to in search for refuge and protection from the claws of the sexual predators.

Similar News

 

Time for Swapo to answer

21 hours ago | Opinion

Now more than ever, the ruling party Swapo has no excuse to maintain the deafening silence on allegations it has benefitted from the multi-million-dollar Fishrot...

Namibian police never learn

1 day - 08 July 2020 | Opinion

Newspaper column inches have been exhausted with stories of victims of violence who were turned away by police and later got murdered.In 2018, five members...

Lifestyle audits will uncover rot

2 days ago - 07 July 2020 | Opinion

Is it any coincidence that Namibian politicians own so much wealth whose source not even arithmetic geniuses can yet establish?Is it just by sheer luck...

Strangled by red tape

3 days ago - 06 July 2020 | Opinion

Red tape has become the “official way” in Namibia, and this hurts a lot of people than meets the eye.Today's front-page story in Namibian Sun...

Reconciliation too loose a concept

6 days ago - 03 July 2020 | Opinion

Reconciliation has become a buzzword lately in the National Assembly, but this has only solicited insults and physical scuffles.Part of the problem is that the...

Namibia's long road to national reconciliation

6 days ago - 03 July 2020 | Opinion

OIVA ANGULAWINDHOEKFor the past two weeks, Namibia's National Assembly has been embroiled in a dramatic, sometimes bitter, debate about national reconciliation. This is not the...

White Jesus, the media and the state of racial...

6 days ago - 03 July 2020 | Opinion

PROFESSOR ENO AKPABIOWINDHOEKWarner E. Sallman’s Head of Christ painting has no doubt fixed the image of Christ as white, with blond hair and blue eyes...

We are not xenophobic

1 week ago - 02 July 2020 | Opinion

Parliamentary greenhorns Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) announced in the National Assembly this week that they will deliberately stir up anti-Chinese xenophobia if companies from...

A sea of 185

1 week ago - 01 July 2020 | Opinion

In February when the High-Level Panel on the Namibian Economy presented the second set of recommendations to President Hage Geingob, it suggested that national resources...

Throwing our babies out with the bathwater

1 week ago - 30 June 2020 | Opinion

Revelations yesterday that some mothers infected with Covid-19 are isolated with their minor children are shocking and disheartening.While some health experts, including the World Health...

Latest News

Namibia's airport gears for operations...

21 hours ago | Business

Namibia's flagship airport the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) is ready for its restart plan as borders are going to gradually open under the provisions...

'Swapo campaign benefitted from Fishrot'

21 hours ago | Crime

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKA State witness in the ongoing bail application of former fisheries minister Bernhardt Esau and his son-in-law Tamson Hatuikulipi dropped a bombshell yesterday when...

Itula not a competitor –...

21 hours ago | Politics

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEK The Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement does not see the Independent Patriots for Change (IPC), a mooted political party led by former presidential...

Air Namibia wants its wings...

21 hours ago | Transport

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKAir Namibia has written to the Transport Commission of Namibia, demanding to know why the national carrier's air services licence has been temporarily suspended.The...

Namibia receives 2.35 million...

21 hours ago | Economics

China has donated Covid-19 related supplies worth 40 million Namibian dollars (2.35 million US dollars) to Namibia to assist the country in fighting the virus,...

Time for Swapo to answer

21 hours ago | Opinion

Now more than ever, the ruling party Swapo has no excuse to maintain the deafening silence on allegations it has benefitted from the multi-million-dollar Fishrot...

Farmers rue lack of post-resettlement...

21 hours ago | Business

By Edward Mumbuu JnrSome resettlement beneficiaries have expressed discontent in governments post-resettlement support programme, which they suggest, derails the productivity and profitability of such farms.The...

San's existence under threat

21 hours ago | Environment

STAFF REPORTER WINDHOEK The San's environment is constantly under threat, and while they were once able to sustain themselves and their way of...

Pick n Pay assault twist

21 hours ago | Crime

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEK The wife of a suspect, who can clearly be seen beating a Pick n Pay employee in a video that went viral this...

Load More