Street Kids And The Unemployed YouthStreet Kids And The Unemployed YouthStreet Kids And The Unemployed YouthStreet Kids And The Unemployed Youth

Rants | Tangi Amalenge | 0 | 17 Jun 2013

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Street Kids And The Unemployed Youth

We drive past unemployed young men each day as they sit by traffic lights waiting for casual work. These young men who sit by traffic lights mostly come from the northern rural areas (Owamboland). They flock to the capital Windhoek in search for greener pastures. 

They come to the city full of hope only to be slapped in the face by reality. They end up living in squatters and travel everyday to the suburbs in hope of getting a quick job as a manual labourer. Though many become construction workers, some Newspapers salesmen, some taxi drivers, or street-vendors; many of them still remain jobless on the street, waiting all day in the scorching sun for someone who needs a helping hand in their yard.

We bump into street kids in town as they beg for food and money. Street kids range from being orphans to simply run-away kids who come from broken homes. Some even come all the way from the south to roam the streets of Windhoek. The reasons behind them being here is not the issue right now. I mean, they are already here. My concern is what these youngsters will become in a few years time. We can ignore them now, but will they ignore you in the near future?

What happens when these youngsters run out of patience waiting for work at traffic lights or begging in town? They will eventually become frustrated and find other means to feed themselves. The worst that could happen is them venturing into criminal activities. Mind you, people don't become thieves and robbers for the fun of it, most cases it is hunger and severe poverty that leads them into such activities.

I'm not justifying reasons to become a criminal, these youngsters may be harmless now, but if nothing is done to help them, they might become menacing members of society. They will be snatch handbags on the very same streets they used to beg or hi-jack you while stopping at the very same traffic lights they used to sit while awaiting employment.

I'm very concerned, I think we should all be.

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