Sodomy is real in Kakamega

Kristine Yakhama
Posted July 20, 2016 from Kenya

They are usually dirty, they eat bad food, wear torn clothes and are usually smelly.We call them chokoraas, while foreigners call them street children.We never want to associate with them in anyway.When important people come to the county we carry them like bags of potatoes and hide them because they bring shame. How shameful of us to treat street children without dignity and respect.For Christ sake these young are human beings.When they cry out loud we turn a blind eye and deaf ear to them.No one knows what young male street children go through every single night.While you sleep in your king size bed, a young male street child is being sodomized by an older male street child.On Friday evening, a young male street child age 12 approached me near Tuskys mega mall in Kakamega He looked weak and wasn't walking properly.I could tell something was wrong.He borrowed 5 shillings but was reluctant at first.The young boy broke into tears.I promised to to give him 109 shillings if he told me what was bothering him and it is that moment he decided to speak. A sombre mood engulfed me as tears rolled down my cheeks when the young man emotionally shared his experience about the sexual abuse he had suffered at the hands of older male street children on a daily basis.He narrated that young street boys hardly sleep at night because they are repeatedly sodomized by older male street children.The older male street children use no protection hence putting the lives of these children in danger.They risk being infected with HIV and other STDs.When we go to the hospital / police station we are usually chased away because they say we are dirty and we don't belong there.This news sent shivers down my spine since I found it rather absurd that security personnel who are supposed to be the custodians of the law and order,actually send these children away when they report.I am standing up for the plight of street children in Kenya whose stories remain untold because no one actually bothers to listen to them.They totally have no one to fight for them, no one to help them seek medical services when they are defiled,sodomised and raped.Lack of recreational facilities has contributed to 'streetism'among children because they have nothing to keep them busy.

A Call for News on Gender-Based Violence

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Laetitia Shindano
Jul 21, 2016
Jul 21, 2016

Chere Christine

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p>Je te remercie de nous faire part de la situation des enfants communement appeles 'enfants de la rue'. Vraiment la situation de ces enfants est identique à ceux de la RDCongo ,particulierement à ceux de la ville de Bukavu. Ce phénomene est apparu depuis deux décennies avec les guerres de 1996-1998 et suite à la pauvreté grandissante de la population . Parmi ces enfants,on en trouve aussi des filles. Les grands garcons sont devenus de grands bandits,des drogues,des violeurs des filles et femmes aux heures tardives tandis que les petits sont comptés parmi les petits voleurs dans les rue,marches et autres lieux publics. Leur presence est cause d'insecurite. Suite a l'absence des structures de prise en charge de ces enfants,leur nombre ne fait qu'augmenter dans la communauté .Tout le monde est conscient qu'il faut éradiquer la cause de ce phenomene car c'est un bombe à retardement .

laetitia

Kristine Yakhama
Jul 22, 2016
Jul 22, 2016

Please w​rite in English it's unfortunate I don't know French thanks for your response Laetitia

Colleen Abdoulah
Jul 22, 2016
Jul 22, 2016

Oh my goodness. Thank you for writing about this my dear sister. This breaks my heart. Children are so precious and deserve greater support. What can we do?? 

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 26, 2016
Jul 26, 2016

Hello Kristine,

This is such an important issue, and a valuable report for this Call for News. Street children are so often forgotten, and that there is a street culture of boys attacking younger boys is yet another form of sexual violence that must be stopped. Children repeat what they learn out of desperate attempts to gain some security that they have moved from victim to aggressor. All of them need help toward a safe and violence free life. I would love to see the day when our raised voices press all governments into action to provide funds and resources for caring adults to interrupt this growing tragedy. I will add a translation of Laetitia's response to you and hope others will join this discussion with news and ideas.

From Laetitia:

"I thank you for sharing with us the situation of children commonly called 'street children'. Really the situation of these children is identical to those of the DRC, particularly those of the city of Bukavu. This phenomenon appeared two decades ago with the wars of 1996-1998 and as an outcome of the growing poverty of the population. Among these children, there are also girls. The older boys have become big gangsters, drugs, rapists of girls and women in the late hours while younger are counted among the petty thieves in the street markets and other public places. Their presence is a cause of insecurity. Following the lack of support structures for these children, their numbers are increasing in the world. The community recognizes the need to eradicate the cause of this phenomenon as it is a time bomb."

In sisterhood,

Tam

Avera
Aug 01, 2016
Aug 01, 2016

Hi Kristine, this is a time bomb in Africa. I don't know nor understand what our governments are doing or thinking about this situation. There are numerous street kids in every country in Sub-Saharan Africa. They multiply by the day due to child birth by the females or new kids who join the streets on a daily basis. Where are our values gone to? We used to be our brothers'/ sisters' keeper. But today, what's happening to us? 

Kris,I congratulate you in your effort to help these kids, but groups like your can only cater for a small proportion of these children due to the challenges involved like finance, accommodation, feeding, clothing etc. Where do the others go or what happens to them?

PLEASE, GOVERNMENTS, TAKE A LOOK INTO THIS ISSUE FOR THE GOOD OF OUR TOMORROW.

I wish you all the best in you work dear,

Avera