Children might not be considered to be grown enough to have rights but just like adults, children deserve to be treated right in accordance to the Children’s Rights Act.
I don’t interact with children as much but last year I became an aunt to my niece, and this year am a godmother. This means I’ll have to interact with kids in one way or another. And I’ll ensure kids are treated in accordance to their rights since my niece and goddaughter fall under that category as well.
Ever since I cleared from College, I’ve been on the road for internship and jobs and that means am always somewhere different or the same place for sometime.
Since last year October, I’ve been working in Nairobi town and the drama that happens on the streets with children is just onto another level. Parents force/send their children to sell/force people to buy items/goods on the street. This is for pity purposes, they know if a kid follows you and even pull you behind, you will have to buy whatever items they’re selling out of pity while they’re watching from a far. Dare you touch that kid, it’ll be the end of you, maybe.
Other parents use their children to beg instead. They bring infants to the street with them so that people can pity them and give them money out of pity and for the child’s sake. It’s become a business which is generating good income for alot.
Others strike deals with other parents so that they can lend them their children and later in the day, they’ll return the child with some money of course.
This is what is happening in the streets and we’re wondering why street families are increasing in number.
No, am not saying all street families and children aren’t needy, yes most of them are, and I hope I could do something to help all of them but I know one day God will bless me enough to help most if not all of them.
As much as street families are needy and we the society are obligated to give them alms, those that are fit and healthy should struggle to get blue collar jobs that they can handle. Laziness might be a setback but everybody has got to struggle for their own good and parents should ensure they protect their children from exploitation and give them the best they can.
As for everyone who hustles and makes a living using the right means, Happy Labor Day. May God bless the work of your hands.
Protect a child today, for he/she is the future of tomorrow.
Being a writer means creating pieces out of your day to day activities and experiences, or having a creative imaginative mind that creates stories, fiction and nonfiction.
Personally, am a rant blogger/writer I blog about what happens in our society and affects us either directly or indirectly.
Most are the times I’m the one involved or someone am associated with or someone random. And trust me it’s always a lesson.
Last week Friday when I was from work, as I had just alighted the ‘matatu‘ on my way home, there’s this corridor a short cut I’d say to home. Normally it’s business as usual everyone minding their own businesses and life moves on. But on this specific day, that didn’t seem to be the case. There’s this salon close to the stage, which is hidden and I actually didn’t know it existed till that day.
As I passed, I saw a man mishandling a woman and for a moment I stopped while I watched other people trying to stop him. On normal occasions, I’d walk away since I like a drama free life. At times it can be a scum to steal from people or even to turn against whoever tries to interfere. This happens mostly in town.Well don’t be shocked, this is Kenya.
The lady who was being mishandled was quiet and seemed to be very scared of what could have happened next. Another lady tried to push the man away but he was obviously stronger. Other men came to her rescue but Lord, this guy was too strong while too skinny, I wondered.
This attracted alot of attention,people stopping and wondering, other interfering and trying to make the man quit it and become a man but that didn’t seem to cross his mind. Well I have no idea what happened for him to finally let go of the lady, but am guessing God touched him. He finally let go of her but started insulting her. The lady was taken elsewhere as she was being abused but again, she was rude, she abused him back.
From how they were insulting each other, I felt like there were some feelings attached and maybe love had gone sour. I failed to understand what exactly could have happened. It’s a Friday evening, you should go enjoy your night at home or wherever you want but here you are insulting men/women around you.
Do you know how that makes you look?
Do you know the picture people have of you?
This is how we lose respect for ourselves and others.
As much as the man was on the wrong tryin to abuse her, the lady wasn’t on the right either. She’d poured water on his face and he seemed really furious about it.
If you have feelings towards someone, you don’t have to force them to love you back.Make your attempt but if it fails, move on, in life you don’t always get what you want. Sometimes you get it, sometimes you don’t. That’s life, carry on, there are very many men/women out there who would probably be interested in you.
I thought men stopped abusive behaviors in the earlier centuries but it also hit me that women have overtaken that, they abuse men and even castrate them. Others have killed their spouses because of unreasonable reasons but who are we to judge?
Our society has been corrupted with violence whereby we think violence can solve everything, but what we fail to realize is that it solves nothing but rather is the beginning of chaos.
We have to be great examples to others. Each and everyone out there has someone looking up to them. Your child, your niece, your nephew,your sister, your bother, your aunt, your friends, you might not realize but whatever you do have a great impact on someone else. And who’d like to be the epitome of evil?
We all want to be great examples to those looking up to us. So we should ensure we behave in a manner that is acceptable, not necessarily by the society but by our principle and what we believe in. This is because the society tends to mislead us at times. Like it or not, the society is not 100% perfect so don’t depend on it.
Let’s spread more love, less hate, let’s respect both genders, it doesn’t matter what sex you are, don’t abuse or be violent with another person, take your personal anger management issues to the rehab not to your wife/husband/spouse.
We only lose respect for others when they fail to respect themselves.