Somaliland: “Street Children’s Situation is Deplorable” Sh Hiire

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By: Yusuf M HasanSh Mohamed Haji Mahmud

HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – Concerted efforts to alleviate the suffering of street children in the country are needed urgently.

This was said by the chairman of the Committee for promotion of good deeds and deterrence of misbehaviour Sheikh Mohamed Haji Mahmud Hiire during a press briefing in his Hargeisa offices where he termed the livelihood of the ever increasing numbers of street children as deplorable.

The head of the committee which operates nationwide to promote good Islamic conduct said that the nation that is experiencing an upsurge of children living in the streets needs concerted efforts by all stakeholders thus come up with strategies to alleviate the malady.

“The large number of girls living in the streets is a clear indication that things are getting out of hand” said Sheikh Hiire

Street boys in Hargeisa end up glue sniffers and juvenile criminalsThe sheikh whose committee implements community support projects for the vulnerable through ‘Maskin Kalkal also appealed for well-wishers to show their benevolence during this holy month of Ramadan and donate towards his committee’s efforts to alleviate suffering among vulnerable women and children.

“We appeal to all well-wishers for assistance with material and or financial donations towards our Maskin Kalkal project”

In the recent past all major towns in the country have seen an influx of large quantities of street children who operate as shoe shiners, beggars and carwashes but have no permanent abode.

According to journalists Latifa Yusuf Masai of Somalilandsun most of the children have been dumped in the cities to work for their parents who are mainly from a neighbouring country.

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