Algeria: 500 Thousand Children Are Victims Of School Drop-Out Annually

date 2016/11/20 views 531 comments 0

icon-writer By: Nouara Bachouche /*/ English Version: Med.B.

The new toll-free number made available to the Algerian citizens comes a back-up to the numbers "1548" and "17" meant for the protection of vulnerable persons such as the elderly, particularly those with Alzheimer's disease and those with special needs.

In an address read out on his behalf by the Divisional Police Commissioner and head of the communications cell, Amar Laaroum, the Director General of DGSN, Major General Abdelghani Hamel, said that "the importance of launching this new toll-free was aimed at aborting any attempt to harm children and bring them back safe and sound for their families. "

This step, he added, reinforces the national plan of alert / disappearance of children according to the instructions of the Prime Minister issued last August and which are in line with the clear-cut guidelines of the President of the Republic Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika aimed at ensuring security and stability in the Algerian society".

Mr. Hamel called on all partners to "work to spread the culture of reporting in society by using this toll-free number that will help "save the lives of the children at risk and those of vulnerable people".

The “104” number comes in conjunction with the already operational green numbers “17” and “1548” in addition to the other communication media tools provided for by the DGSN on the Internet and social networks.

At the end of his speech, Major Hamel praised the efforts of the partners who contributed to the achievement, in record time, of this tool of public utility that contributes effectively to the generalization of security in society, the prevention against social evils and the fight against crime in all its forms.

On this occasion, Divisional Commissioner Chenaf Samir spoke about the legal framework and mechanisms for the implementation of the national child alert / abduction plan set up under a sectoral commission under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Justice to bolster ongoing efforts to address the phenomenon of kidnapping of children that has created a psychosis in society.

In this regard, Mr. Chenaf recalled that the field investigations carried out by the national security services showed that "in almost 70% of cases, the kidnapping is mainly due to family disputes, psychological problems and school drop-out". 

He further underscored that more than 500 thousand children in Algeria are victims of school drop-out each year in various phases of schooling as a result of the spread of social evils and moral degradation.

In addition, the director of technical resources at the DGSN, the police inspector, Maakouf Zineddine, expounded the technical aspects of this new device which allows citizens to report cases of disappearance or kidnapping through telephone calls at the level of all the wilayas or provinces of the country.

On the other hand, the representative of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Wakfs discussed the phenomenon of kidnapping of children for witchcraft practices, calling for "the combined efforts of everyone to fight sorcery and punish people who delve into this evil practice in accordance with the Shari'a and the laws of the Republic.

The president of the network "Nada", Abderrahmane Aarar, for his part described the mechanism as "important" in that it helps "facilitate the immediate reporting of any phenomenon related to a kidnapping or disappearance.

Mr. Aarar called on the occasion for contributing to the training of executives specializing in the real-time reporting and transmission of relevant information so as to cope efficiently with all the threats posed to vulnerable groups in society with on focus the children.

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