Children Migration to Addis Compounding Population Boom

In almost all spheres of endeavour, capping the Growth and Transformation Plan first (GTPI) with success stories the country is gearing up to embrace the second Growth and Transformation Plan two ( GTP II).

Scaling up best practices for further achievements is therefore due. Similarly identifying some shortcomings and designing strategies to do away with them help ensure the better tomorrow, towards which the country aspires to cruise its ship of development with full force.

Though facilitating favourable conditions the country is changing youths of the country development engines, reports show that children being trafficked and youngsters migrating to the capital from different states specially from SNNPS are creating a population boom in the capital.

Injected with fantasy- packed talks by illegal agents and peers, the fledgling migrate to the city in groves.

“The problem could be traced to the wrong belief that migrating from one’s birth place reverses one’s fate. It is seen as a short cut to fortune or as a means from rags to riches!”SNNPS Women, Children, and Youth Affairs Bureau Senior Expert Yohannes Belete says.

Regarding this matter he further notes: “The root cause of the problem lies in the wrong belief that migrating from a birth place changes one’s chance for fortune.” The dearth of tillable land, poverty and at times maladministration are ascribed to the migration of youths.

No one to accept them at their destination, Topsy-turfy they find life here unbearable. Obviously a street life is what awaits them. Ironically in present day Addis, which is on an astounding developmental pick up, it doesn’t come as a surprise to witness children and some youths that sleep and spend nights by the porches of shops and bus stations. Obviously this eyesore dampens the mood of residents of the city.

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“Fighting life single handed here in the capital, I fear something bad could happen to me!” A shoe shiner Gezahegn Edo who hails from SNNPS said.

The cruel act such street children indulge in even in the open disturb residents of the city. Many are apprehensive that this situation threatens the security of the city, which is also the seat of continental and international organizations.

Most of the young girls who either migrated to the city of their volition or talked into it by illegal brokers have no much options than turning into street girls.

Some of them come to town to facilitate ways of migrating to the middle east. Apart compounding the population boom in the city, this trend lays waste the work force of the country that could be made advantage of in spurring the much desired economic take off.

To placate the grievance the city administration had mobilized such street children to skill development centers so that abstaining from untoward activities and avoiding a precarious life they could turn productive citizens engaged in self employment ventures. But as the migration rate is high it overwhelms the coping mechanism of the city administration.

Some who have seed money try to engage in roadside trade that seems spiraling out of control encroaching on asphalts meant for vehicles and exposing pedestrians to car accidents. The problem is growing up in scale.

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To avert the problem for good there is a call for a multi-sectoral approach and a probe into its root causes.

“The Bureau has come to realize the major segment of the children comes to the city from South Nations, Nationalities and People’s State (SNNPs).

Bureau together with the society, concerned institutions and the police designing and applying various schemes to control the problem. The Bureau encourages the rejoining of children with their parents or fosters. As a fail safe method, the Bureau has prepared three centers that could afford to support seven to eight hundred children, adoption is put as a first line of resort.”

Governmental, non governmental organization and police need work hand in gloves to arrest the problem. Those illegal traffickers, traced down, must be held accountable. Sensitization works about the attendant ills of migration at the grassroots must be aggressively conducted as seeking ways of prevention is plausible than finding cure. This way it is possible to spare both migrants and city residents haunting problems of the aforementioned nature.

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