Untold Stories: Street Children and Families in Mombasa County
- Do you know any street kids or have friends who’ve lived on the street?
- What is the Mombasa County Government doing to help street children?
- Are Street children treated differently by the rest of the public?
- How many Street Children are Radicalised in Mombasa?
Kibarani dumping site, Mwembe Tayari, Maboksini slums, Makadara, Tononoka, Ganjoni, Railways and Marikiti are places known to harbour street children. Their seemingly beat-up lives render them alienated from human dignity.
Couples Action to help street children:
Society shuns street children because of their filthy state and sometimes dangerous gangs that people feel unsafe around. But how often do we ask ourselves what makes them urchins? Who should we claim to be responsible for these children and why are we adamant to getting them off the Mombasa streets?
Is it ever enough to arrest them when the government feels like ‘clearing them up’ or taking them to children’s homes?
Street children sharing their dreams: Wema Centre for Street Children Mombasa
These kids have grown with their own narratives. Many of them have promising lives and could be nurtured to be influential people in communities but our unresponsive attitude continues to diminish many of their dreams.
“There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace.”
— Kofi Annan
Urban poverty in cities such as Nairobi, Kisumu, and Mombasa is an underlying cause of child homelessness. But more can be done to improve the quality of life experienced by these youth, many of whom have even began families in the cold.
Creating solutions to help street children
Perhaps we ought to ponder on the humanness of their identity. We should ask ourselves why it is easy to show them rejection and disgust. We should answer the reasons we view them as outcasts who are no good for anyone.
Many of these street children are witty, talented and some educated too. What they lack most is opportunity and understanding. People to change their hurdles into possibility. This would curb cases of insecurity and radicalization that we currently associate them with.
Fatuma’s Voice Mombasa
On 25th August 2016, Fatuma’s Voice Mombasa invites you to hear the stories of these children, their experiences, dreams and hopes. This shall be coupled by music and poetry. Welcome all.