Simukai warns wicked stepmothers

Stepmothers have been identified as a major factor pushing young children into the streets, a local NGO has said.

Some of the street kids who have incorporated into schools by Simukai in Mutare district.
Some of the street kids who have incorporated into schools by Simukai in Mutare district.

Simukai Child Protection Programmes Manager, Franscisca Masanga, said they were working with law enforcement agents to curb abuse against children by stepmothers who are forcing them into the street.

“We have put a strategy in place to work with the police to protect children against any form of abuse,” said Masanga, adding that involving the police was the only effective way to deal with stepmothers who ill-treat their stepchildren.

She said the rate of children being abused by their guardians was alarming and called for a multi-sectoral approach to fight this scourge. “We appeal for society to respect the rights of children. If we infringe their rights they will take to the streets as their only alternative – where they are vulnerable even worse abuse,” said Masanga.

She said society had a responsibility to be a watchdog for children and report all forms of abuse to the police. Family Work Coordinator for Simukai, Lucy Mufandaedza, warned stepmothers that those caught on the wrong side of the law would face the consequences.

“Children are our future lets protect them so that they can also protect us,” she said.

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