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NCJ Number: 168531 Find in a Library
Title: Street Children in Nairobi and the African Cultural Ideology of Kin-Based Support System: Change and Challenge
Journal: Child Abuse Review  Volume:6  Issue:3  Dated:August 1997  Pages:199-217
Author(s): C Suda
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 19
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper discusses some of the ways in which abuse and neglect affect the lives of street children and families in Nairobi, Kenya; it also highlights the plight of a sample of street children as exemplified by the kinds of difficulties they endure while on the street.
Abstract: Changes in family forms and relationships in Kenya are occurring at a time when the rate of urbanization and the level of poverty are escalating. Poverty, violence, and family disruption are among the factors that have put many Kenyan children at great risk. An economy that offers relatively little hope to anyone is likely to continue to produce more street children. The Nairobi Street Children Survey has shown that the population of street children in Nairobi continues to increase and that the problem is a product of multiple factors, some of which are intricately connected. The problem of street children in general and that of child abuse in particular still remain among the greatest challenges facing the people and government of Kenya. Efforts to address these problems should include a comprehensive and coordinated policy and program of intervention at all levels and in all sectors of society. The main task is to combat and alleviate poverty and economically empower vulnerable families currently living below subsistence levels. There is a need for a national policy on the regionalization of industrial development initiatives that could create jobs in the rural areas and reduce the urban migration of youth. 1 table and 19 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile dependency and neglect
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Cultural influences; Domestic relations; Homeless children; Kenya
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