Several children are ending up on the streets and due to different many reasons each particuar to a child such Orphanhood, HIV/AIDS, Poverty, Family break up, domestic violence, Neglect, etc.
According to a UNICEF report of 2005, there were 10,000 street children in Uganda towns of which 89% were boys and 11 girls. This figure is on the increse, there are sever push factors that are still going on, the Police department in Lira reported that in the month of May 2012 alone, there were 98 cases of child neglect, 11 child abuse, 32 of domestic violence and 6 child desertation cases. If in a month cases of such a magnitude are reported, how about those not reported?
On the streets they are victimised, beaten, killed, tortured, stigmatised and used as labourers. This must stop. Street Children just as any other children and persons haved got rights. Street children phenomenon it itself constitute a grave human rights violations such as right to life, survival , developemnt, the right to be cared for and protected by parents and the state, right of protection from all forms of physical and mental violence, injury, neglect, abuse, neglect, maltreatment, etc.
It is therefore important that everyone irrespective of who we are should rise up stand up for children's rights, speak for them, report cases of child abuse, guide and counsel children and their caregivers, Leaders should play their roles.
Greetings to you and i hope this mail finds you in good health. This mail is to request you to pass on the message that, "Protection of street children is our collective responsibility"
Let your friends know that any little kind action to a child's life have a big impact on their lives, so we ned to do something, speak for them, sponsor one in schooll, advice, etc.
"Today is that helpless, useless child as one may call a street child, BUT tomorrow might be your child"