Lusaka street kids grow to 2,000

THERE are about 2,000 street children in Lusaka and a number of them have become delinquent, while others are vulnerable to sexually-transmitted diseases because of being exposed to risky behaviour.
Of the 2,000, male street children are 1,300, while the rest are female, some of whom have ended up pregnant.
Lusaka District Commissioner Davies Mulenga said in an interview yesterday that a recent survey indicates that the city has a total of 2,000 street children.
“The statistics of street children have continued to increase, and as at six months ago, the number stood at 2,000, and this is worrying,” Captain Mulenga said.
He said if the children are not removed from the streets, their right to access quality education and health care will continue being threatened.
“I fear that this situation will compel the children to engage in vices in order to survive on the streets. Disease can also escalate among these children, who also abuse drugs

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