Opinion; Let’s do more to eliminate hurdles facing Kenya’s children
SEE ALSO :Polluted air shortens lives by 20 monthsOur social protection services remain broken with many who end up within the few, poorly staffed and inadequately furnished homes run by the department of child services opting for the streets instead. Female Genital Mutilation, which is illegal, continues to ravage girls across different backgrounds. They are not safe in the dry plains of Samburu. Neither are they safe in the gated communities of Kilimani. Education remains an unreachable dream for many African children. Ravaged by harsh economics, war and famine, education takes a back burner to current realities. In places like Meru, children substitute education for the quick money industry of miraa picking. In Kilifi, they are compelled to provide labour in the salt pans. In resort cities such as Mombasa and Kisumu, child prostitution is rife. Even with all these odds stacked against them, disease too ravages them. If an African child survives birth, he is most likely to die from one of the three big child killers - malaria, diarrhoea, or pneumonia, yet it is on their shoulders that the future of not only states, but of mankind is placed. As a nation we must be conscious of these challenges and address them. Not all the solutions will be provided by the government. We should start by doing what is right for our offspring. Let us be genuine guardians to their dreams and ambitions. This is the only way to secure our nation’s future.
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