Due to poverty, some of these street children may even by supporting one or two parents who are disabled or sick at home or younger siblings. They work as shoe shiners, car washers, porters, and labor. Some are beggars and move from one place to place in search of opportunity. Some take residency at dumpsites and scavenge food and scraps to make a leaving.
These children are generally traumatized; feel abandoned and neglected, and project an act of despair. They have no support system and lack some of the basic human needs. Consequently, many of them develop psychiatric conditions in response to the harsh lifestyle of feeling threatened by violence, starvation, and lack of shelter and love. They are more likely to be victims of assault, in an environment lacking comfort and they may find it convenient to self-medicate with harmful substances as well. As a result, a significant number of these children become drug addicts by trying to self medicate, and their drug of choice is glue. In big cities like Mogadishu, you will see these children on street corners and they are holding a plastic bottle filled with glue. These children are homeless, and at night they sleep street corners, under bridges, and outside someone’s shop.
In Somalia, there is no effective or functional government who can address the problems of orphaned children, poverty, security, drug addiction, and homeless children need. In addition, there are no national or international organizations that can provide support and assistance to these children.
I urge the Somali diaspora to wakeup and come together to provide assistance to this disadvantaged Somali children.--
Awes Sheikh Muheidin Amin
Environmentalist Melbourne, Australia
B.Sc Environmental Health Management; B.Sc Environmental Science
Post Grad. Low Cost Infrastructure