What should the Government do to tackle the Issue of Street Kids
What should the Government do to tackle the Issue of Street Kids

Over the years, the street kids problem has been an increasing concern in Uganda.

These children who leave their homes for a number of different reasons normally run from rural areas to reside in the suburb areas of Kampala to try and make a living.

Children, between the ages, 7-16 move from one car window to another begging for help in terms of food, drinks and money.

Reasons related to Poverty, war, mistreatment or parental death and HIV/AIDS have been identified as some of the major causes leading to the rise of these numbers.

Although most individuals blame the government for failing to tackle this persistent problem, however Damon Wamara, a Child rights activist claimed that parents also play a huge role.

According to him, his analysis with all the children he has worked with over the last 6 years brought him to the understanding that Uganda has a fallen parental system.

Wamara added that parents aren’t part of the protection system and this has led very many children being on the streets.

“Whenever you go to a certain place, you need to find ways to survive and adjust to your new environment. These children are constantly on the streets, they’re scared and don’t know what will befall them on the streets,” said Wamara.

“If the opportunity comes and the only way they can deal with it is by doing drugs or smoke, then that’s what they’ll do,” added Wamara.

In 2017, the retract remuneration found out that there are 15,000 street kids in just 4 districts of Uganda. These included Kampala, Jinja, Iganga and Mbale.

However, Wamara said that the streets look more appealing than their homes this is not a surprise since urban centres are a pull factor with opportunities, where these children can become a source of cheap labour.

“We’ve failed to provide for them. We are failing as parents to play our role, we’re failing as community leaders to be gatekeepers,” said Wamara.

“Poverty will always be there but the biggest problem is the poverty mindset. We have struggling families but over time they’ve managed to provide for their families,” added Wamara.

By John Dalton Kigozi