There are estimated 100 million children living in the streets in the world today, and that number is increasing constantly. Children living in the streets are very vulnerable to victimization, exploitation and abuse of their civil and economic rights.
Many governments, non governmental organizations and members of the civil society around the world have increased their attention on homeless and street children as this population continues to grow.
None the less, more action is necessary considering the adverse economic conditions of many countries, and most importantly international plan to provide basic housing really needs to be developed.
In 1992, United Nations issued a resolution on the rights of street children, and the acts violence against them. The resolution called for internal cooperation to address the needs of homeless children and for enforcement of international child rights laws.
Based on the current situation, I would like to encourage my fellow youth in taking action towards combating this situation. It is possible for us as young people to take part in different initiatives e.g. start joining initiatives which are strongly meant to help street children, raise awareness by educating ourselves through reading books, listening to media special programs share with our peers/friends, colleagues, students, teachers, family members and encourage others around you to do the same. We can do something for our young brothers and sisters!
- This article is written by Youth Panel of UNA Tanzania.