Destitute Children in Unity State
The local authorities in Unity state are concerned that the number of children in the streets may be on the rise. Bentiu and Rubkotna hold high population for children who are fleeing their homes and walking the streets at night. In over 50 recent cases, studies have shown the the majority of children are girls. Mary Paul Ngundeng, the new minister for social development and child welfare has suggested social workers to find out what the children are doing at night.
“You have to take care of your children otherwise you are not able to come here to the ministry and explain why. Maybe the ministry with the government with the local organizations can be able to help you so that you can take care of your children,” said Mary Paul Ngundeng speaking to parents urging them to be responsible.
Ngundeng claims that the state plans to rent houses in Bentiu, hire teachers, and help educate the children in English as it is the official language of the country.
Ngundeng recognizes the importance of educating all children and giving them an equal chance to learn.
Written by The Sudan Tribune, On August 31st, 2013, photograph by Ronnie G. Collins