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Street children and beggars to be returned to their families by May 11th

Three ministries of Solidarity, Interior and Public Security are proceeding with the return of street children and beggars to their respective families. In a meeting held this April 10, the minister of solidarity has said that all street children and beggars will have been removed from the streets by May 11th.

Martin Nivyabandi “Everybody has to take their responsibility so as to make effective the return of these street children and beggars to their families”

Martin Nivyabandi “Everybody has to take their responsibility so as to make effective the return of these street children and beggars to their families”

Martin Nivyabandi, Minister of solidarity, has said an updated roadmap is now set and has to be respected. “The process is running smoothly”.

Nivyabandi says the activity was prepared from last year. “Since March 2017, several meetings were organized with different partners to make this activity a success. The December 2017 deadline was not met due to different consultations and arrangements between partners,” he says.

He reminds however that this activity requires everyone’s responsibility. “Everybody has to take their responsibility so as to make effective the return of these street children and beggars. Burundians have to revive the culture of assistance. They have to guide those children after their return”.

Jacques Nshimirimana, Children’s rights activist, appreciates the government’s initiative and how it is going on. He says the government, families and associations defending children’s rights should collaborate closely so as to prevent the concerned people from going back to the streets. “Street children and beggars have their reasons to be on the streets and the latter have to be considered so as to make their return successful”.

The activities of removing children and beggars from the streets are due to take place in the whole country from April 30 to May11 as said by the minister of solidarity.

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