Girls On the Street Say Rape On the Rise

Girls On the Street Say Rape On the Rise

The Daily Monitor (Addis Ababa)
January 1, 2003
Posted to the web January 2, 2003

By Dagnachew Teklu
Addis Ababa

More girls living on the streets of Addis are being raped. According to some of the street children the number of victims is on the rise.

Some street girls whom The Daily Monitor approached in various parts of the city say that they have become more vulnerable to being raped these days than ever before.

"[People from different classes of society] approach us offering little money and gifts." The girls also claim that due to rape, most of them are being exposed to being infected with HIV/AIDS.

Mulu Anteneh, a 15-year-old street girl around the Stadium area said: " it is common for a girl to be raped once or twice a week."

"Some of the rapists lure us with money and take us to far places in their cars and leave us there with little or no money, Mulu added.

Mulu also said that girls on the street lack better cooperation from policemen. This has contributed to the rise in the number of girls raped, she added.

The street girls further stated that more and more girls have babies from an unknown father.

"There is no organization which is willing to take care of us. It is only Godanaw which gives us some assistance," they added.

Ato Mulatu Taffesse, Director of Godanaw, a local NGO working on street children on his part told The Daily Monitor that his organization is currently giving shelters and other assistance for these girls.

"We are doing all in our capacity to help these street girls. But solving the problem requires a strong cooperation from other bodies and the society as a whole." Mulatu said.

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