Egypt: Children being tortured in Cairo orphanage

Egyptian_children_in_Cairo, Egypt
Egyptian children in Cairo, Egypt

Egypt’s National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) yesterday announced that it had received a report through the Child Rescue Line “16000″ claiming that children were being abused and tortured in an orphanage located in the Cairo province of Giza.

NCCM’s Secretary General Azza El-Ashmawy said that after the complaint was received, “an immediate fact-finding committee was formed in coordination with the General Child Protection Committee in Giza to investigate the matter.”

The investigative committee, Al-Ashmawy explained, found that two boys – aged 11 and ten – had been assaulted by a supervisor who had handcuffed and beaten them.

“The case has been referred to the Ministry of Social Solidarity for action to be taken,” she added, noting that the perpetrator was being quested by police.

“We are closely coordinating with the ministry and monitoring the investigation,” Al-Ashmawy said.

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