Female judges at the African Court pledge support to orphans &homeless

10Mar 2020
Marc Nkwame
The Guardian
Female judges at the African Court pledge support to orphans &homeless

FEMALE Judges from different countries serving at the African Court on Human and People’s Rights here have called upon all citizens in Tanzania to be compassionate to homeless children, especially orphans in the country as many of them experienced great suffering.

The lady justices who spent their entire women’s day, last weekend at one of the local orphanages in Arusha, showed sympathy to the little angels at the Nkoaranga Orphanage in Arumeru District, especially upon learning that the foundation of the children center was built upon various cases of women who lost their lives while delivering babies.

Accompanied by the President of the African Court, Justice Sylvain Ore from Ivory Coast, the Lady Justices who visited the Nkoaranga orphanage and pledged support to the center included, Lady Justice Ntyam Mengue from Cameroon; Lady Justice Stella Anukam from Nigeria; Lady Justice Bensaoula Chafika from Algeria and the Tanzanian Judge, Lady Justice Imani Aboud.

“The children in our orphanage center come from various areas in Arusha Region and outside the region,” explained Dr Sam Kiwesa, the Director at Nkoaranga Hospital and also the in-charge of the orphanage.

“We have children with different backgrounds, some were placed here after their mothers passed away during delivery; others are picked from the streets and there are those whose parents suffer from mental illness and cannot take care of them,” Dr Kiwesa stated.

The lady justices donated items valued at 5 million/- to the Nkoaranga Orphanage, these include, foodstuff, medicine, children toys, clothes, washing and drying machine.

The Court’s President, Judge Sylvain Ore pledged his own contribution of US $ 1000 to the Children’s Center, equivalent to 2.3 million/-, promising to continue supporting the orphanage in future.

Based in Arusha, the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (also known as ‘the Court’) is a continental court established by African countries to ensure the protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa. It complements and reinforces the functions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.

The African Court has jurisdiction over all cases and disputes submitted to it concerning the interpretation and application of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, (the Charter), the Protocol and any other relevant human rights instrument ratified by the States concerned.