Restrictions of movement to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Ethiopia has led to an increase in child abuse incidents in Addis Ababa. The restrictions were placed mid-March.
Over 100 children have been raped with some falling victim to family members and fifty women have been assaulted.
The closure of schools and people staying at home have made some children more vulnerable to sexual predators and abusers.
Victims of the rape and abuse are receiving treatment in three facilities across the city but no confirmation of any arrest yet.
Child abuse and rape have come to the fore strongly across the world during the Covid-19 pandemic. It presents a different challenge other the fear of infection and deaths.
Africa is behind in dealing with issues of rape and abuse due to stigma and ignorance aplenty on the continent.
Governments across the continent still grapple majorly with poverty and service delivery and have little resources to tackle abuse and rape.