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Save the Children urges public, media to not circulate images of Daqahleya child abuse victims

Sama Osama , Monday 30 Sep 2019
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The non-profit organisation Save the Children Egypt has urged the public and media outlets to not circulate images of two Daqahliya children, Janna and her sister Amani, who have gained widespread attention after Janna reportedly died from physical abuse inflicted by members of her family.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Save the Children said the victims' images should not be circulated in order to “respect the privacy of the two girls and protect them from further abuse.”

“Children should be protected from all acts of abuse,” the statement said, adding that “predators who commit such crimes should be held to account.”

The organisation added that it is working to protect children from torture and that it provides victims of child abuse with psychological rehabilitation.

Janna, 5, died on Saturday at Sherbeen hospital in Daqahleya governorate after allegedly being tortured by her maternal grandmother. Janna suffered from several injuries, including burns, in various parts of her body, which led to the amputation of her left leg and eventually her death.

Janna’s older sister Amani, 6, was also reportedly tortured.

The public prosecution has ordered that Amani be placed in a social welfare home.

The prosecutor-general has referred the accused grandmother to an urgent criminal trial for torturing her two granddaughters.

Save the Children is a leading independent international organisation established in the UK in 1919, and has been working in Egypt since 1982. The organisation aims to address the needs of deprived children, their families and communities. Recently, the organisation has played an important role in responding to the refugee crisis in Egypt.

The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood also called on Saturday upon media outlets and social media users not to publish or circulate images of Janna or her sister in order to preserve their privacy and legal rights.

The council said that according to the law, any person who publishes or broadcasts in the media the identity or images of child victims faces a fine from EGP 10,000 to EGP 50,000.

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