By: Kelvin Chiringa
A 13-year-old Khomasdal boy, Amor “China” van Wyk who went missing on Monday this week was found at a cemetery alone unharmed, family members have revealed.
News of Amor going missing sent his family into panic prompting a massive search that stretched wide, social media included.
However, a few minutes after he was reported to have been found by Tuesday evening, the visibly over-joyed family said he was not saying much about how he had gone missing as well as where he had been.
Amor had last been seen at 08h00 on Monday when he left his home on Asblom street in Khomasdal and had on him a white shirt and pink shorts.
“He just disappeared from us. We found him with some men. We have taken him to a social worker for counselling,” said a family member.
In the meantime, incidence of missing children grabbed national attention last year when little Cheryl Avihe Ujaha was later discovered dismembered.
The police are reportedly still trying to pin down the culprits and have not made any significant progress despite a well-publicised appeal for assistance from members of the public.
They are offering a reward of N$100 000 for information that may help lead to a successful arrest and prosecution, of those responsible for little Cheryls murder.
The Cheryl case has by no doubt made Namibian parents more alert and has united communities with the police and corporates in order to make Namibia a safer place for children.
Take care of your children
Last year, Namibian Police (Nampol) Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga cautioned parents against sending their minor children on long distance erands which has lead to the children going missing themselves.
Speaking to The Villager Newspaper lately, Ndeitunga said reports of missing children have been on an increase and that there is a need for serious measures to be put in place to control the situation.
Ndeitunga who could not confirm the total number of children reported missing as of late said, “I am encouraging all governors, community members and the police officers in each region to be on the look out for children being misused in their areas as most children are either orphans that stay home with grandmothers.”
He also emphasised that, if left with no choice, the police will take drastic action in order to keep Namibian children protected.