STREET Kids have literally taken over the City of Harare as evidenced by the souring number of new recruits onto the streets on daily basis.
By HealthTimes Reporter
A walk around the streets of Harare anytime of the day has become unsafe as the urchins at times forcefully solicit for alms with a number of robbery cases linked to street kids having been reported to date.
Harare Gardens, Africa Unity Square, Speke Avenue, Coppa Cabana and a dilapidated building in Kaguvi street are some of the traditional havens for street kids. Inezz Terrez behind the post office has become the latest hub for street kids and adults.
In an interview with HealthTimes, one kid who identified himself as Trymore said circumstances at home had driven into his new life.
“At times i would go for days without food at home. I am from Mbare and i live with my grandmother, both my parents have passed away so its difficult to survive under such circumstances,” said Trymore.
According to reports however, government is currently working on a strategy to get the kids and the homeless off the streets in a bid to return order onto the streets.
Efforts to get a comment from the ministry of labor and child welfare were fruitless as the PR person Constance Makoni indicated that it would take not less than a week before questions are responded.
In 2005, government through the ministry of labor partnered the Harare City Council on a massive clean up campaign that was aimed at ridding the streets of street kids following an influx similar to the one Harare faces today.
According to Harare News, the Street kids in Harare are employing new begging tactics, pretending to be school children with fake letters from different school heads.
The kids who used to roam First Street, Samora Machel Avenue and some parts of the Avenues can now be seen at various food outlets and traffic lights in the northern suburbs, where, in a bid to get donations, they show letters they claim are written by heads of the school they attend.