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Western Bahr el Ghazal State To Address Increasing Number of Street Children

“We need to come up with a resolution that could bring together the four states, Warrap, Lakes, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Western Bahr el Ghazal because these children mostly come from neighboring states,”

Western Bahr el Ghazal State To Address Increasing Number of Street Children
Gender and Child Welfare Minister, Nema Abass addressing participants in the meeting [Photo| James Deng Dimo]

By James Deng Dimo

WAU April 21, 2015 [Gurtong]
– Western Bahr el Ghazal state Ministry of Gender Child Welfare in conjunction with civil society organizations, UNICEF, Police  and UNMISS children protection unit are conducting a day one meeting  to discuss how to tackle issues facing the state government in relation to the high number of street children in Wau.

The one day discussion is aimed at finding ways forward and mechanisms to address the continuous increase which remains a major challenge facing the town traders and police protection unit.

“We are here today to discuss and share the ideas towards addressing the issue of street children since these children are becoming a threat to the inhabitants of the state,” said the Gender Minister Nema Abass.

“We need to come up with a resolution that could bring together the four states, Warrap, Lakes, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Western Bahr el Ghazal because these children mostly come from neighboring states,” Abass said.

Western Bahr el Ghazal state Health advisor, Hon. Tereza Zackaria Akol said that the street children interfere with local businesses as they are a security threat.

She added that majority of the street children are between the ages of 20-25 years old.

“There is really a need to address these children’s issue,” she said.  Wau town Deputy Major, Santino Manut Akech said the issue needs a joint effort with neighboring states “since these children come from different states.”

Manut called on the four states including children concerned organizations to tackle the street children’s issue to build up technical schools that could grant them into society.

He also called for an urgent formation of a committee to come up with a lasting solution towards street children as they have become a threat to people in the market in terms of burglary.


 

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