HOMELESS CHILDREN CAUSE PANIC IN KIHIIHI TOWN
By Nato K Comrade
The increasing number of homeless children in Kihihi town council
Kanungu district is becoming unmanageable as the number increases
nearly every month.
At least new street children come to streets every month, which makes
efforts to round up them and find a home site to go unnoticed.
The children while on the streets include those with loose family
contacts and occasionally return home, those completely detached from
their families and live in gangs in temporary makeshift shelters, and
then children of street families permanently on the streets.
These regard the streets as a residential estate and form gangs for
physical and emotional support, identity, security, and relief from
life and anxieties within their groups.
Last year, Kihihi town council seemed to have found a solution for
these homeless children when the council resolved to take them to
Kampiringisa ; government home site but this was short-lived as the
number keeps on increasing every month.
The council had alleged that children roaming the streets of
Baragaine, Rukutwa, Rutwe among others especially at night were the
growing problem as they suspected that some carry dangerous weapons
like hand knives, metallic prick, iron bars, and had formed gangs and
neighborhood cliques that control the city suburbs at night.
It followed an alarm from city the town businessmen and women like John Gadaffi and Mutembeyi who were saying the kids break their shops at night.
Zepha Mugisha; the town Mayor says during that time some
seemed to have reunited with their parents but blamed the increasing
number to the last year’s famine that hit most families in the
Speaking to our www.mknewslink.com reporter yesterday, Joseph Sunday; a dedicated youth to ending
homelessness in the city said last they year managed to pick at least 5 homeless children from the streets and rehabilitated them before being sent back to school but more support is still need for more hope of these children.
Source: www.mknewslink.com; a western Uganda news website.