ESSA Nyarugunga students tutored on dangers of drug abuse
As part of Rwanda National Police’s ongoing anti-crime drive, the force, on June 3, reached out to about 450 students of ESSA Nyarugunga in Kicukiro District and tutored them on the dangers of abusing drugs, introduced them on the emerging threat of human trafficking and their role in fighting them.
In his address to the students, Superintendent of Police (SP) Christophe Semuhungu, the Director of anti-narcotics unit in the Department of Criminal Investigations, enlightened students on different types of psychotropic substances that include cannabis and illicit drinks.
He also enlightened them of the effects to the consumer, the community and the country.
Supt. Semuhungu said: “Youth constitute the biggest number of people who abuse drugs yet they have the ability to fight the vice, this is why we are urging you to come on board and we collectively eliminate these drugs.”
He went on to inform them that most of the crimes recorded by the police are committed by people who are under the influence of such substances, adding that, “If we all want a bright and safer country, we have to collectively fight these drugs.”
With regards to human trafficking, Supt. Semuhungu told the students of the modes of human trafficking, the tricks traffickers use, targeted groups, common destinations and the kind of consequences endured by the victims.
“Normally, traffickers pose as well-wishers who have a lot to offer; at times they take advantage of one’s vulnerability and use their desires to lure them into believing that they have a lot to offer them… Students are sometimes promised scholarships while graduates are sometimes made to believe that they would get good jobs abroad,” Supt. Semuhungu told the students.
He urged them to be on alert at all times and report strangers and even other people who are close, who tend to make them keep such ghost promises to themselves, adding that “it is one way of ensuring that their target remains blinded from knowing the truth if they shared the information with anyone else.”
“We have not experienced a lot of human trafficking cases in Rwanda but we are just putting up preventive measures by engaging you the youth in fighting it,” he noted.
One of the students, Linda Akayezu, appreciated the knowledge and said that much of what they learnt would help them not to be victims and to report those that approach them with strange offers.