Mr. Lamin Fatty, National Coordinator, CPA

Child Protection Alliance has learnt with grave concern an alleged
abuse of a minor at a settlement within West Coast Region.
The suspect is alleged to have hit the minor with a pestle leading to
severe injuries. The alleged act is criminal and a gross violation of the
rights of the minor.

It is important to note that there is no ambiguity in Section 22 of the
Children’s Act which clearly challenged parents or guardians to
administer domestic discipline in a manner consistent with the inherent
dignity of the child; thus leaving no room for any form of physical or
mental abuse of children.

We therefore condemn the alleged act in totality and urge the public to
desist from such brutal and gruesome acts against children.

While we thank The Gambia Police Force for their intervention in
arresting the suspect, we demand a thorough investigation of the
matter. The suspect must be punish in accordance with the law if found
guilty of committing the alleged crime.

Meanwhile, the public is urged to be vigilant and report suspected
cases of child abuse at the nearest police station or call the National
Child Helpline on 199.

CPA Communications

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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