Thousands of Zambian men and women have staged an angry protests at the rising trend of the
rape of children.
By Penny Dale
Almost every day local newspapers report on the cases
of children who have been sexually abused, often by
their own relatives and by men who mistakenly believe
they will be cured of Aids if they sleep with a
Some believe that sex with a virgin can cure Aids
Trade unionists, human rights group,
the women's movement and school children themselves
united in a march through the streets of the capital, Lusaka, to
demand that more be done to control the rape of
Feelings in the country are running so high that some
women on the march waved about scissors, demanding
that those found guilty of rape are castrated.
But not everyone thinks like this.
Emily Sikazwe, a
leading member of the women's movement, wants to see
government taking greater responsibility for
protecting children. First of all, she wants stiffer
But are anti-Aids drugs something that Zambia's
cash-strapped government can afford to promise right
Patrick Kafmukache, Minister of Labour and
Social Security, was on the march.
He seems to think this is a possibility.