By Constance Ndeleko
What does it mean for children in the North Eastern Kenya?
It is such devastating news that our children are leaving in fear of what next especially with the ongoing terror attacks. Today we’ve lost three non-local male teachers and a child has been injured after suspected Al Shabaab militants attacked a school in Kamuthe, Fafi sub County in Garissa county.
Female teachers and nurses at the institution were purportedly spared after being identified by the suspected radicals.
A brief from the Police Headquarters states that the alleged Al Shabaab militia attacked Kamuthe Primary school, Kamuthe Police post and a telecommunication mast.
Reports state that the injured child was hit by a stray bullet as the assailants also destroyed a Safaricom Communication mast located at least 300 meters away from the police camp that was set ablaze.
This attack follows another attack at Saretho primary school, where a child and three other people were killed about 25 kilometers from Dadaab refugee camp. Despite the fear of planted reinforced IEDs on the road targeting to ambush police officers, they are not backing down from pursuing the attackers.
As schools have opened and soon the form ones are set to start joining their relevant schools, children in the North Eastern region of Kenya are living in fear of what next with recurrent attacks for the Militia groups.
This sets us to ask: How safe is it for these children to move about with their day to day activities, how is their mental status? Who is responsible for their well-being? And how safe is it for them to attend school and other social institutions?
Children are in a limbo and they need to be protected from conflict and other harmful activities that are limiting them from realizing their full potential. It is a call to the government as well as to other relevant organizations to ensure that our children’s rights are protected.