Nkhata Bay District Social Welfare Office says it registered 5, 600 abuse cases out of which 2, 520 were defilement cases between June 2017 and February 2018.
Speaking in an interview on Friday, the district’s social welfare officer, Lickson Ng’ambi said the office is overwhelmed with the cases describing the situation as sad.
He attributed the abuse cases to lack of parental care saying most parents in the district migrate to South Africa or Tanzania for greener pasture leaving children without proper care.
“Most of the children end up dropping out of school for fishing business where they are abused,” Ng’ambi said.
He then bemoaned inadequate funding to his office which he said makes it difficult to reach out to most parts of the district with awareness messages to curb the vice.-MANA