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Opinion: Protect the rights of children living on the streets of 10 States in South Sudan!

“The war and hunger has whelming cost the lives of their parents and guardians, they are minors, teenagers, infants, they have no choice, they lack a single bill of children’s rights, they need peace to grow-up in peaceful environment, we are all their protectors and we hold the views to as their parents in this Nation-God knows as to why, and freely we must care for their own good!”

By David Lony Majak,

Kampala-Freelance Writer:

April 21, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — Thereof; in watch-dog’s words, street kids’ are referred to as children but not only this narrative; they have been famous by the terms such as ‘teenage vagabonds’, ‘street kids’, ‘homeless kids’, ‘street boys’, street girls’, ‘street bums’, ‘space boys’, Street side-mirrors’, orphanage group’, helpless kids’, ‘city nuisance’ traffic creators’, and ‘children in tough conditions’.

Street children in Rumbek, South Sudan(Photo credit: Courtesy image)
Street children in Rumbek, South Sudan(Photo credit: Courtesy image)

There is an incredible estimated figure of street kids to be nearly around 4 million children pre-occupying unprotected streets in the region and more especially in East Africa Countries and the most war zone Nations in Africa Continent. The major factors confiscating kids to stay on the streets could be as outlined; family mixed history, economic, social, political, police harassment, including other crucial abuses attached to poverty, war and natural disasters which has in most of the times singled out relatives and parents of the kids staying on the streets. They suffered from restless circumstances and unenthusiastically remained victims of mysterious abuses, crimes and typical perception by governments which lack bills of rights of children in the Continent.  Their unstable lifestyles, lack of medical overhaul, and insufficient living disorders increase young people’s vulnerability to long-lasting illnesses such as respiratory or ear infections and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS and other most infectious diseases.

Street kids are termed as minors who unintentionally live and look for means of survival on the streets across the world, the question to adapt in the context of South Sudan. South Sudan is predictably ranked as the poorest and the youngest Nation on earth existing without constitutional foundations to eliminate crimes against the kids living on the streets. They are not poor but with regards to some uncontrollable reasons, the kids ended-up pursuing refuge on the streets in all states. The Orphanage and other willing humanitarian organizations should include in their proposals the column to assist the street kids in South Sudan.

Where do the kids get their eatable needs on the streets?

 Besides all, these children don’t benefit from a balanced diet, they eat left-overs from hotels, restaurants, garbage stations and sometimes steal when possible but not all of them only make it to survive in the worst settings. The health of children growing up on the streets is sturdily conceded. Notwithstanding order; In fact, they don’t have access to sanitary facilities and proper hygiene: they are frequently unclean and crawled with parasites. They eat what they can find just for a way of survival and not only as such, they lack quality drinking water which can protect them from countless diseases among; cholera, diarrhoea and vector diseases. Sometimes, when they have the choice, they even favour unhealthy foods such as ice cream to avoid starving, cakes, etc. and so run the risk of 90% high malnutrition. Growth problems are also common with these children as most died with physiological effects due to lack of health care and in-line with starvation on the streets.

Rich men verse poor kids on the streets in South Sudan

God does not differentiate the status quo of unveiling people and those who are God’s fearing believers, for the rich and those seeking to be rich use the street kids for rituals and wealth sacrifices; they kidnaped and snatched them in the dark hours where security personnel returned to rest in duty stations or when no security completely. This situation is not yet released by almighty security organs’ representatives; protect them from all sorts of abuses, including sexual exploitation, using them to sell your goods as hawkers etc.

Recommendations-What can we do best to help street children?

However, to build a fundamental system to protect kids from fitting together on the streets in search for their own survival, the operative non-governmental organizations should embrace in their projects the line to establish children’s homes care and all street kids can be registered to live in those homes. To clearly better understand the causes of children living and growing up on the streets, it is indispensable equally to make them partake, and to put them in contact with key institutions or individuals looking to comprehend the basic surroundings of their situation. The government has the task to amend the constitution and this should be in response to speedy peace implementation that can pave way to the exposed children pre-occupying streets. God bless all children living on the streets and bring ever-lasting peace in this Country so that we build a heart of humanity and unity among the driving forces of this Nation.

The writer can be reached at delonymajak@gmail.com.

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