, NAKURU, Kenya, Feb 16 – The Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund (SFRTF) has condemned Nakuru County for allegedly displacing 40 street children from Nakuru town as part of a cleanup exercise.
The Trust Fund has termed the action as insensitive and cruel and, “in total disregard to the Children’s rights for care and protection.”
The County was on the spotlight two weeks ago when about 40 street children were rounded up by police and dumped n Torongo forest in Baringo county.
SFRTF said a similar incident occurred a year ago in another County.
“It should also be noted that ferrying children away from sight does not solve the problem, but rather makes it worse as the children still return, angry and bitter towards society. I therefore call for understanding and kinder treatment of street children and condemn in the strongest terms, the manner in which the children were treated and I hope such cruel measures will not recur,” said Lucy Yinda, Chair SFRTF.
Yinda appealed to counties to work with the organization to create Rescue Centres in major towns.
“The Rescue Centres will be run professionally, rescuing the children and placing them in the SFRTF approved institutions for rehabilitation and social reintegration including foster care and family reunification,” explained Yinda.
She said that the Trust Fund has been working on a Policy and a national census of street families, both of which will be published in the very near future, detailing the SFRTF approach and the activities the SFRTF will support towards a country free of street families.
“The SFRTF is also aware of the challenges the County leadership face and we plan to work closely with the Counties through the SFRTF County Chapters that are currently being formed to specifically address the problems of street connected children at County level,” said Yinda.