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What is their future?

Ok, once I got started on the Blog Action Day post I thought of something else that has really been bugging me lately.  I was going to put it on the same post, but thought it would get too long. 


I have been looking around and have seen so many street children.  And I know that I am only seeing the tip of the iceberg here.  There are so many more out there, in areas that I don’t visit, in the other cities and in little towns all across our country.  Then there are also the kids from child headed households.  There are the kids who are at home looking after their dying parents.


What happens in the future?  What opportunities will these kids have when they grown up?  They will have no schooling, no education, no moral guidance.  At the moment they are begging for money.  But what about later?  People will stop giving when they no longer feel pity, when they are no longer children but just another beggar.  They will have no hope of getting a job or any means of an income.  Most of them will have no access to their records or any hope of getting an ID Book and therefore no access to social welfare or grants of any nature.  They system will have failed these children.


This scares me!!!  How would you feel if you were in this situation?  I would feel cross.  I think we are breeding a future population of very angry people.  People who have had no guidance in what is right and what is wrong.  People who see you with your mobile phone, your wallet with money in it, your fancy car, your house with a TV and an abundance of food?  Why should they feel any compassion for you?  We wonder why the value on life is so low in this country.  If you had lived on the streets and fought for every scrap you had would you value life?


I feel the crime rate, and the rate of violent crime in this country is just going to get worse!  What can we do about it?  That I don’t know, but I do know that if we don’t do something soon we are all going to drown in it. 


2 thoughts on “What is their future?

  1. This is heartbreaking. I can’t imagine seeing children living on the streets.

    I’m guessing there’s no ‘Child Services’ program in your country? Or maybe there is but it’s at full capacity?

  2. It is terrible, and the really horrible thing is that there are so many of them that you almost get used to seeing them. Almost.

    We do have a form of Child Services and there are a lot of people working very hard to try and help with the problem, but it is so huge that they are swomped. Usually what happens is they pick the child up and then send him straight back home, to the very place he ran away from. There are not enought shelters or safe havens. Now a lot of kids won’t let themselves get picked up by child services because they feel the streets are better than where they came from.

    One of the other problems is that HIV/AIDS has taken so many of these kid’s parents that they don’t have homes or anyone to take care of them. Various charities and organisations are trying to help communities in helping these kids but usually the communities they are from are very improvrished and the people are just trying to put food on their own tables, never mind the kids next door.

    It is very sad and a huge worry.

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