Children, disabled roaming the streets failure by society

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The mark of a civilised society is the care it takes for its little ones. The mark of a humane person is the ability to sympathise with the weak and the needy.

It is, therefore, heart-wrenching to see the infamy happening in Kenya, especially in urban areas, where babies have become the newest bait for beggars to get alms from passers-by on the streets.

But whatever the justification for carrying the babies to the streets, none can supersede the right of a child to be brought up in a dignified and safe environment. This right is enshrined in the Constitution.

It is a crying shame for a country with a National Children’s Department, Child Welfare Society, a Unicef country office, numerous children’s NGOs and religious organisations to watch silently as little babies spend cold nights on the streets, sometimes in the rain.

It is an indictment of the county governments, who have the mandate to run the urban authorities.

Every human life is sacrosanct. The lives of these babies, and their right to protection, are supreme. The pennies dispensed grudgingly to their “mothers” cannot be enough reason for society to wrinkle its collective nose and turn away.

The concerned parties must take responsibility before we lose more of these beautiful souls to maladies. Who even knows how safe they are from sexual predators?

If their parents cannot take good care of the young ones, let us explore adoption or homes.

Avenues to assist the beggars find meaningful and dignified ways to earn a living should also be explored. Some of them are talented and need only an opportunity. Others are misused by Mafia-like cartels to enrich themselves.

It is time to conclusively deal with the problem with the heart “Uncle” Moody Awori had as Vice-President.

Dear Kenyans, these little babies we pass by crying on the dusty streets are as dear as our own and not the children of a lesser god.

Disabled people make up a significant portion of the population.

However, these people are among the most disadvantaged. Among the problems they face are rejection by the society, discrimination and stigmatisation, leaving them in deplorable conditions.

Many people view those with physical disabilities through giving them alms rather than helping them to function independently. Independence is of utmost importance to every human being and, if granted, it can help one to discover their highest potential.

LAWRENCE MWENDA, Chuka, Tharaka-Nithi.

Kenya has many children’s homes, some established many years ago, that take care of children as young as a month old.

The catch-22 situation is when they turn 18 years. Letting them go at this age would not be prudent as they have never known any other home or parents.

Parliament should enact a law to protect these young adults.

VERONICA ONJORO, Mombasa.

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