Human Rights Reporters-Ghana (HRRP) has charged the Ghana Police Service to do all that is humanly and professional policing possible to bring back our kidnapped girls.
Ghana is weeping, many are leaving in fear, our roads, towns and cities are no longer safe havens for our girls and women since the kidnapping of girls started some six months ago. There is growing fear and panic in Ghana today and the Human Rights Reporters-Ghana (HRRP) has expressed so much regret and worry for the sad turn of events.
By the end of 2000, 34 women have been killed mysteriously in Ghana and the police failed to demystify the ritual killings. 18 years on in 2018, Ghanaian girls have gone missing without any positive results in our quest as a nation to find them. Ghanaians are looking up to the police to face the current challenge head on and rescue the girls so that they can be reunited with their families.
If achieved, it will serve as a plus for the Ghana Police Service and make the general public further trust in their ability to protect the citizenry. The kidnapping has become one too many and we cannot look on unconcerned. The Human Rights Reporters Ghana has therefore added its voice to the call in solidary with other NGOs and institutions. The HRRG believe that the earlier the Ghana Police Service gets our girls back for us, the better.
The Search for the Kidnapped Girls
The kidnapping of girls in Ghana started in August 2018 and currently, a national search for three missing girls 15-year-old Priscilla Koranchie, 21-year-old Priscilla Blessing Bentum and Ruth Love Quayson who is 18 years old has been instituted lead by the Ghana Police, National Security and top foreign security expects from the US and UK. We say #Bringbackourgirls #Setthegirlsfree #stopthekidnapping #InsecurityinGhana. Let us collectively solve it now!!!
Who are Human Rights Reporters-Ghana (HRR-G)?
Human Rights Reporters-Ghana (HRR-G) is an NGO made up of journalists. They are committed to fighting against all forms of violence that affects our women, girls and children. Including all forms Sexual and Gender-Based Violence(SGBVs) and Harmful Practices. Others are Child rights(Child Trafficking, Modern Slavery), Women’s and Girls rights(Kayayei, gender equality, FGM, Child Marriages etc.) Rape, Domestic Violence and the like.
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PRESS RELEASE BY HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTERS-GHANA (HRR-G) ON THE KIDNAPPED GHANAIAN GIRLS
Human Rights Reporters-Ghana (HRRG) as an NGO committed to fighting against all forms of violence that affects our women, girls and children in all forms including Sexual and Gender-Based Violence(SGBVs) and Harmful Practices, Child rights(Child Trafficking, Modern Slavery), Women’s and Girls rights(Kayayei, gender equality, FGM, Child Marriages etc.) Rape, Domestic Violence and the like,
We write to express HRR-G concern over the recent kidnapping of girls in Ghana.
This is causing fear and panic among our sisters and daughters who have become targets of those engaged in this inhuman act against women in general.
This is disturbing, every new report of a missing girl is a big worry to Human Rights Reporters-Ghana (HRRG) hence we are by this press release adding our voice to all and sundry who have the return and or finding of the missing girls at heart.
The Takoradi municipality kidnapping cases have become world news. Human Rights Reporters-Ghana (HRR-G) stands in solidarity with the missing girls and their families and condemn the act.
The Ghana Police Service continues to work around the clock to unravel the mysteries surrounding these disappearances but as a nation, we have looked on for far too many kidnappings to take place before we began to take the matter seriously.
The reactive steps taken after the missing of the third girl is rather unfortunate. The Ghana Police Service should have employed all the seriousness they are exhibiting now long before the second girl was kidnapped.
Information we have gathered indicated the 16-year-old SHS student kidnapped on August 15, 2018, has been dumb since she was found, and has been battling with the trauma of the ordeal.
It was very disheartening to hear that, another lady, 21 years of age, suffered a similar fate in the same Takoradi Metropolis at the Nkroful junction.
The last that was heard from her on the fateful day she was kidnapped was “daa-daa-daa” as she tried to reach her father on the phone. The kidnappers requested for a ransom, which has been paid yet the girl has not been released.
On December 4, 2018, yet another girl was kidnapped by persons who had dressed as though they worked with the telecom company MTN. The long and short of that story is that another girl fell victim.
December 21, 2018, January 24, 2019, January 25, 2019, have all been days on which our girls have been kidnapped by the gang engaged in this inhuman activity.
The entire nation continues to live in fear however, Human Rights Reporters-Ghana ((HRR-G) says enough is enough. We must get answers now! The Interior minister’s respond “I’m not a prophet” is rather unfortunate.
We stand in solidarity with the people of Takoradi and the entire nation and call for a concerted effort by all stakeholders to #bringtheGhanaiansgirls.
We further condemn the barbaric act and encourage everyone to be vigilant as we nab down these perpetrators.
We believe sincerely that many others should add their voices and join us not to only condemn these acts, but continue to be on the smart lookout in our environment, provide any leads as we continue the search to find our missing girls.
We further challenge the police to use this occasion to gain the confidence of the Ghanaian people by helping solve this jigsaw puzzle in Takoradi and other places where the kidnapping is going on.
We urge the police who have partnered security experts from the US and UK as we have been made to believe to speed up the process and do a professional job this time around.