The Ministry of Gender and Children’s Affairs has issued a stern press release following the tragic deaths of three children in Kabalor and Bubuya (Tonko Limba Chiefdom) in Kambia District, and Tainkatopa Chiefdom in Port Loko District, reportedly as a result of initiation into a rite of passage associated with Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Expressing profound concern, the Ministry conveyed deep regret over the loss of lives and extended condolences to the grieving families. In a bid to address the issue and prevent future occurrences, the Ministry affirmed its collaboration with law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety and protection of children from harm.

Furthermore, the Ministry assured the public and the affected families that justice would be served appropriately, with the perpetrators facing the consequences of their actions. This underscores the government’s commitment to upholding the rights of children as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and other relevant international instruments.

Emphasizing the gravity of the situation, the Ministry reiterated the government’s dedication to safeguarding children from all forms of abuse. As part of this commitment, the government is actively reviewing the Child Rights Act of 2007 to bolster provisions aimed at protecting children from harmful practices, including underage initiation rites such as female genital mutilation, early and forced marriages, as well as instances of child cruelty and torture.

Ministry of Gender and Children’s Affairs reaffirms its commitment to protecting the rights of children and to ensuring that all necessary measures are taken to prevent the recurrence of such tragedies. By working together, stakeholders can create a future where every child can thrive free from the threat of harm and exploitation.