Kenya today is associated with other countries, while Africa is reminiscent of the African child's day. This year's theme – Humanitarian Aid in Africa, Children's Rights First, aims to highlight the impact of humanitarian crises on children and their vulnerability.
On the ground, children are still exposed to unpredictable hazards, often by people they are familiar with. Emerging threats to children include the radicalization of schoolchildren who were inactive after a majority of their teachers left for safety reasons in the northeastern border towns.
Many schools in the border cities have only one government-employed teacher, some have none at all.
"I am the only teacher employed by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC). Although I am supported by untrained teachers, there are many other students who remain idle when I'm engaged to another class, "says Elmaan, a Primary School Leader in Garissa. "As northeastern leaders, we've teamed with the Ministry of Education to find solutions to educational crises. We have taken positive action to enable lower-grade students to continue teaching and providing solutions to educational problems, "said Sophia Abdinoor, Ijara MP, at the launch of the constituency development fund.
She says foreign ministries have invested in empty classes. They called on the government to send more teachers into areas deemed unsafe, or to allow schoolchildren who had reached grade D + to become teachers.
Other dangers that minors face include the misuse of children in specialized care facilities and facilities such as children's homes. Horror stories of children abused by caregivers and of those killed in the hands of cruel parents continue to scatter media pages and social media narratives to create a safe environment for children.
The story of the infamous Gregory and Rose Dow has in the recent past created the imagination of Kenyans. The duo came to the village in 2008 to found a children's home.
After a while, the foreigners withdrew from the public. They prohibited the daily "stops" of the public for reasons of "welcome" and for security reasons. They built a perimeter wall and the gates were always closed.
"During the visit, we were assigned an employee to sit with us while we chat with our children so they can not reveal anything that is going on," says Rosaline Keter, one of the guards.
She says she feels the exact surveillance was suspicious, and after she asked her granddaughter to talk, the abuse was exposed.
"My granddaughter told me that they were being abused and that most girls had implants for family planning where the owners of the facility ordered a forced implantation," says Keter.
Keter first reported to the Area Chief in September 201
Their reports led to an investigation that revealed how nine teenagers had been abused by Gregory Dow and forced to have birth control. In line with the humanitarian crisis, Brenda Achieng, a nurse in Migori, says that children still carry the heavy burden of HIV. Some parents purposely refuse to take drugs because they have difficulty concealing their HIV status.
"Stigma is still a big problem and children are not spared. Physicians need to ask some parents to give their children ARVs, and some resist, saying that the children will reveal their status, "she says.
Commemorations are planned nationwide.
[Caroline Chebet, Gilbert Kimutai and Abdimalik Hajir]
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