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Projet: Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Activité:Talk show ″Urubugarw'itangazamakuru″ (Club de la presse)

Date:04/09/2022

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  • IPGL
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According to UNICEF, the UN children agency, there are about 7,000 street children in Rwanda while close to 300,000 live in families where a minor is the head of the household.
Despite government efforts to reduce the number of streets children, the phenomenon continues, with hundreds of children vulnerable to violence, exploitation and abuse.
Poverty, lack of food, family priorities, family violence, and lack of shelter, deprivation of studies and inadequate upbringing of the children were said to be influencing the persistence of the phenomenon of street children in Rwanda. 
Ms Juventine Muragijemariya complained the abusive arrests and detention of street children. She said the way the government uses to take them to the transit centers treating them like thieves, so the children are traumatized, they fear all of government agents.
“Violations begin as soon as the police or members of the District Administration Security Support Organ (DASSO), a local security force, round up the children off the streets. Some children reported being beaten during or soon after their arrest.” She spoke 
Mr Patrick Nimubona, the director of CYCEDAR said that it is a problem that the government does not allow CSOs to remove children from the streets and they are only allowed to go to the place where the government has placed them and talk to them.
He said that in solving this problem, they should start by eliminating the reasons why children go to the streets. 
The recommendation of this talk show was that more effort to cover the children's basic needs as well as the effective support for their studies may be possible solutions to successfully face the persisting phenomenon of street children. It also would be good to provide parents with training on effective children upbringing in terms of the effectiveness of parental affection and in terms of guidance for children.
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