At least three children have been abandoned in unknown circumstances in Busia county in every week.

Speaking on Friday during International African Child Day celebration at Otimong’ Primary in Teso South, Busia children’s department coordinator Esther Wasige said that in every week at least three infants are abandoned in the streets.

“Young ladies and mothers give birth to children, who they end up abandoning in streets. In a week at least four babies aged between a day and one week are found abandoned in different areas of the county,” she said

Seven babies were taken to Alupe children’s home for care but only four survived.

The coordinator added that incidences of sexual harassment are still high with at least four cases being reported in a week.

Children from Compassion Children Home match to make the international day for the African children

“At least four children aged 10 years and below are sexually assaulted by people well known to them. These are commonly their relatives or a person close to the family,” said Wasige

Emily Gona, director of Compassion children’s centre urged parents to turn up for parental guide skills that will enable then participate freely in issues pertaining their children.

“When a child is given parental care, they develop into helpful individual,” she said

International day for the African day is celebrated every June 16, to increasing awareness of situations of the children in Africa and the need to improve the child’s education. The day which was established by organisation of African Unity (now AU) in 1991 encourages people to share something special with African child