Neglected and beaten SA kids now used as human shields

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Neglected and beaten SA kids now used as human shields

Little ones are often put on the front line to prevent the public order police from shooting, activists say

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On top of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, children are now being used as human shields on the front lines of protests.

This is the claim of activists who say “beautiful legislation on child protection” is meaningless in the churches, creches, communities and homes where children are abused.

About 42% of children have experienced violence, according to the Connect Network, a group of 96 Cape NGOs, confirming findings from the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town that the number and severity of child abuse and neglect cases had increased since 1994...

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