Child Protection Network (CPN) in Akamkpa, Cross River State has rescued a 2-year-old girl who was set ablaze by her uncle.
According to the NGO, the suspect tied the child to a guava tree and set fire on her for defecating around. The suspect has been arrested by police. Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (BRCI) intends to press charges. Read report below:
“The child in this picture is about 2years old. She leaves with her uncle in Akamkpa (her father’s elder brother). Her uncle tied her to a guava tree and set fire on her. According to her uncle, she poos around.
As a result of the fire, she sustained high degree injuries. Her feet are burnt. She is not able to stand nor sit. Apart from the injuries, she is looking malnourished and terribly under weight. She sleeps outside on a make shift bed not even good enough for a dog let alone a human being.
She was rescued by Child Protection Network (CPN) Akamkpa, and brought to Basic Rights Counsel Initiative (#BRCI). She is currently under going treatment. The uncle has been arrested and BRCI will press for prosecution.