Charred remains of newborn found in dunes – a week of horror for Namibian children

Eileen van der Schyff

The charred remains of a newborn baby was found in the dunes a mere 250 meters from the nearest homes in Narraville on Tuesday. This shocking discovery was on the same day as an equally horrifying discovery in Windhoek of a nine year old girl who was murdered, her body burnt and mutilated.
A boy playing made the discovery in the dunes on Tuesday. The brutality against Namibian children has sent shock waves throughout Namibian society this week.
The Namibian Police’s spokesperson for Erongo, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu confirmed the incident of the discovery of the charred remains of the newborn and said a case of concealment of birth is now under investigation.
It is reported the baby’s charred remains were found late in the afternoon on Tuesday. [28 August].
At the scene, the Police found the charred remains half buried in the sand.
According to the Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu the gender of the baby could not be determined straight away, since the human remains were burnt beyond recognition.
It is also allegedly suspected the incident occurred about a month or even two months ago.
The Walvis Bay public is requested to provide any information that can lead to the identification of the mother of the child. All information can be provided to the Gender Based Violence Protection Sub-Division at Walvis Bay at 064-219068. Information can also be provided to your nearest police station.
There was also an outpouring of grieve this week in Walvis Bay over the discovery of the body of nine year old Avihe Cheryl Ujaha in Khomasdal in Windhoek on Tuesday. The little girl’s murder and mutilation plunged the country in shock and disbelief. On pictures herewith, the owner and management of Step Ahead Play School in Walvis Bay paid tribute to the late Ujaha in this manner this week.

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