SWITZERLAND, JULY 12 – Nigerian rapper, Folarin Falana, known has Falz has dropped a helpline for Nigerian children who are experiencing sex abuse or are at the risk of being abused.
The phone number connects to the Cece Yara Foundation a non-profit organisation that seeks to educate children and provide them with skills to protect themselves from sexual abuse and to empower adults to prevent child sexual abuse.
“Hi, My name is Falz, I have a special number for you to remember, to programme into your child’s mobile phone and share with everyone,” the musician announced in a recent video.
The Number is: 08008008001
According to Falz, the line is free and provides direct connection to professional counsellors 24 hours a day, which a child can use whenever they want to speak up, call for help and be saved. Sometimes all a child needs is someone to listen without fear, shame or guilt.
Falz also urged any responsible adult, neighbour, teacher or family member to call the line to report child sexual abuse, or get information.
The Cece Yara Foundation recently released a documentary film that explores the struggles of children who are constantly abused by close relatives and friends of the family. Some, torn between the fear of telling their parents and not being believed, or being blamed for what is happening to them, they choose to be tight-lipped and keep suffering in silence.
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