Alcohol sales banned in Greenland capital during lockdown
Move aims to cut violence against children during coronavirus confinement
Nearly one in three people living in the autonomous Danish Arctic territory suffered sexual abuse during childhood. Experts link the abuse to alcohol, drugs and ignorance of children’s rights.
After Greenland closed down schools on Monday with 10 cases of coronavirus diagnosed, a rise in violence followed.
“Unfortunately, in Nuuk, domestic violence has been on the rise in recent weeks,” the health minister, Martha Abelsen, told local media. Excessive drinking by parents exposed children to dangers in the home, Greenlanders were warned.
The alcohol ban came into force on Saturday and is scheduled to last until 15 April.