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(YHQLQJ (FKR Friday, November 12, 2010

Children at a school window in Shimangalu near Lusaka. Helping vunerable children is the main aim of a number of projects under way in Zambia.

Irish are agents of Deaf girls at
most risk of
change in Zambia
THE work of Irish
sexual abuse
missionaries abroad is
widely known, but THE Rosina Mary The compound is a
rarely acknowledged. Hostel in Bauleni is a dangerous place for
bright, cheerful home young girls and one of
During my brief visit to that opened earlier this the girls, a 14-year-old
Zambia, I visited one project year for girls who have was abused after
after another, where Irish men suffered sexual abuse. leaving her home to go
and women have helped trans- Along with to the toilet at 3am.
form the lives of thousands of counselling sessions, the Many of the abused
people. girls participate in girls are deaf, making it
Sr Kay O’Neill from Killeagh skills training difficult for them to
is just one such example, devot- programmes at Bauleni. share their tragic
ing her life to improving Aged between 13 and stories with their
healthcare for Zambians. 28, each of the six girls parents or teachers.
The Irish Ambassador to living here has special “Deaf girls are a
Zambia, Carrigtwohill native needs and is at risk. particular target group
Tony Cotter said Irish mission- Coordinator Sr Mary by abusers because they
aries had been very much in- Cathie MacInnes said can’t stand up for
volved in education and health- each of the girls had themselves. If they don’t
care since they first arrived in suffered some form of have a voice themselves,
the southern African country physical and emotional their case won’t go very
at the end of the 19th century. abuse. far in court,” said Sr
Sister Madeleine and Sister Mary-Anne, hard at work in Zambia. The role of Irish aid workers,
“Irish missionaries have “Some have been Mary Cathie.
missions, and volunteers is vital in helping transform the country’s fortunes. Picture: Amy Colley
abused by a parent or She said abuse levels
played a unique role and made
a huge contribution in Zambia portunity to acknowledge the Fr Immanuel of the Jesuit organisations play in changing uncle. The girls are led were getting worse in
and throughout Africa. very real, practical work that is Fathers at the Matero Ana lives across Zambia every day. away by the abusers Zambia and statistics
“They have left a long-lasting being done by missionaries and Amasiye School Project in Although Zambia clearly has with sweets and are from the University
and very substantive legacy.” I hold them in very high Lusaka, Sr Kay O’Neill of the a long way to go in improving brought home along a Teaching Hospital in
With a decline in the number regard,” he added. Franciscan Missionaries of the the lives of all its people, there different route to Lusaka show that 239
of people entering the missions, There are a large number of Divine Motherhood at Our is a wonderful sense that Ire- confuse them. We offer men and women were
he paid tribute to the seamless missionary orders operating in Lady’s Hospice in Kalin- land, and the hundreds of Irish them protection, but treated for domestic or
handover of projects from Irish Zambia and wider Africa that galinga, Sr Madeline Kelly of missionaries, charity workers they can go back to sexual violence between
to Zambian-born missionaries. are dependent on Irish Aid and the Sisters of Charity in Shi- and volunteers, are somehow their abuser when they January and March this
“As Irish ambassador, I am organisations like misean cara mangalu and many others playing a large role in helping go home at weekends.” year.
very proud to have had an op- to continue their work. highlighted the vital role both to bring about change.