Senin, 15 April 2013

Ministry To Hold Counselling Sessions -For Alleged Victims of Prayer Camp

Nana Oye Lithur
THE Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, has said her ministry is in the process of initiating a  programme to counsel alleged child traffic victims of the Maranatha Adventist Prayer Camp.

The victims would also be protected and go through medical check-ups and provided with the opportunity to be integrated into society.
These, she said, were necessary to help the victims, especially the children among them, to overcome the trauma that they went through during their stay in the camp.

Nana Lithur made this known when members of the Seventh Say Adventist Church today (Thursday), donated items worth GH¢2,000 to the ministry to help take care of the victims.

The donation was also to show the church’s support to the victims and demonstrate the church’s readiness to help them get back on their feet.

The Maranatha Adventist Prayer Camp situated at Mentukwa in the Brong Ahafo Region is alleged to have trafficked children aged between six and 18 from Aflao in the Volta Region to the camp and denied them education, medical care and the basic necessities of life.

Upon a tip-off from the ace investigative reporter, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who joined the members of the camp to have first-hand knowledge of activities there, members of the church were arrested with the help of the Ghana Police Service.

Nana Lithur, however, called on individuals and organisations to come to the aid of the victims by providing support in any way they could, to help in their upkeep.

The Director of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent of Police  Mrs Patience Quaye, told the Daily Graphic that currently, the children were faring well and under protective custody.

She also called on Ghanaians to do their bid by providing information to the police in order to arrest individuals who tended to abuse the rights of other people.

Presenting the items, the General Secretary of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Pastor Kwame Boakye Kwanin, said the church was ready to assist the victims in order to integrate them back into society.

“This is what Christianity is all about and as Christians we need to love and support each other,” he said.
Some of the items donated were bags of rice, sugar, beans, gari, cartons of milk, cartons of milo, bars of soap, cooking oil and toiletries.

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