Bawjiase Orphanage home Facility Shut Down, Five Arrested

The Bawjiase Orphanage has been closed down by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.

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The immediate closure follows damming revelations on human rights abuses occurring in that home.

The Minister Nana Oye Lithur said the ministry had been working together with investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

“We have been made aware of the issue and we have been working with Anas in that regard. So far we have gone for the children and they are under our direct care and supervision,” she said.

 “Since we began in 2013, we have closed down a lot of these orphanages across the country. The social welfare department investigates, point them out and we take action. Most of these are illegal too so we bring the owners to book by the law,” she added.

Meanwhile five officials have been arrested on the orders of the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Alhassan following human right abuses.

According to the Acting Coordinator of the Domestic Violence and Victims Support Unit (DOVVSU), ACP Habiba Twumasi Sarpong, those arrested include the Founder of the orphanage, Mrs Emma Boafo Yeboah, and a senior high school graduate, ‘Dr’ Isaac Nsiebi, who serves as a medical officer at the home, the accountant, also identified only as Justice, a young woman who serves as a nurse at the school clinic and the administrator, identified only as Osei.

The husband of the founder, Captain Yeboah (retd) who is said to be visually impaired could not be traced when the team of Police Officers arrived at the Orphanage home.

Auntie Emma (real name Emma Boafo Yeboah) is the founder and mother of the Countryside Children’s Welfare Home in Bawjiase, where uncovered topical issues of gross child rights infractions and corruption.

A son of Aunty Emma’s was accused of impregnating one of the girls, while a cobbler from Bawjiase was said to have gone to the school to sleep with some of the girls and impregnate them, after which the pregnancies were aborted.

One girl was alleged to have undergone three abortions. In one instance, she was said to have aborted the pregnancy with the help of the female teachers who were referred to as ‘mothers’ in the home.

There were also alleged instances of homosexuality involving some male workers and male students of the home.

The founder of the home and some other actors accused of violating the rights of the children are now in the grips of the Police.

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