WHERE IS THE VILLAGE? - The Plight of the Minor

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It takes a village to raise a child we say. Does it really? Have we been that village that does what is best for our children? Isn’t it time we  took a step back and looked in the mirror? Isn’t it time we become honest with ourselves and admit that we have failed and continue to  fail our children?

1. We harbour paedophiles and incest perpetrators within our families and in most cases their deeds go unreported. We have normalized defilement because we readily accept promises of one taking responsibility of a child borne from such an act with a minor.

When such incidents occur within our families it requires us as a nation to introspect on the values that we hold dear and to interrogate our family system as to whether it is what we would like  it to be and to achieve. Are we the mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, cousins, siblings and grandparents we would like each and every child to have?

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