By Constance Ndeleko
Corona Virus pandemic has brought along different issues that children are facing on their day to day activities. The impact has greatly been felt especial by children coming from marginalized or vulnerable areas with no one to turn to especially with the cessation of movement.
Many children are suffering during isolation and it has been proven difficult for them to access help during these exceptional times. We’ve all witnessed reports of children being abused; sexual assault-violence, rape, FGM, child laborer and largely rising cases of teenage pregnancies.
Even in the wake of this pandemic we cannot surrender, ‘the right to live free from violence is a basic human right. Yet the most vulnerable members of society including children, women, persons with disabilities, and the elderly – are suffering during isolation.’ Says UNICEF.
According to reports hitting our dallies, there have been surging numbers of domestic, sexual violence and GBV from different countries and Kenya is not exceptional from this either.
In April, The United Nations (UN) and the Government of Kenya launched aflash appeal , seeking $267 million to respond to the most immediate needs of over 10 million people during the pandemic. Of this, $4.2m is needed to provide lifesaving medical treatment, psycho-social support and legal representation in relation to violence against children and GBV.
Heighten cases of abuse against children are still escalating and this could be due different hardships being experienced; Financial hardship due to movement restriction has led to children being confined, forced to work, led to increased stress levels, uncertainty and fear that yield stressful surrounding that precipitate violence.
This can be managed through sensitization on the availability of essential services where one could report on GBV, ChildLine, and Missing Child and working closely with relevant authorities that deal with child related issues such as UNICEF, Department of Children’s Services to manage cases and allow children to enjoy their rights.
Totally, there’s need for creating and increasing public awareness to different communities and more so to those who are at risk, psychological support through telephone and chats counselling services to all victims.
We can attain to provide help to these children as they need livelihood support through; Cash transfers or vouchers that will be disbursed to avoid social contact and minimize infection. Mental health and psycho-social support services, including safe spaces and online counseling services, remain insufficient.
At least with provision of different support mechanism we can keep children out of danger, hunger, perhaps abuse and most of all we can help them keep their sanity during this stressful times.
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