Cabinet approves child protection policy
Michael Makuei Lueth Minister of Information (Juba Monitor file photo):
By Morris Dogga
The National Council of Ministers on Friday approved a child protection policy tabled by the Minister of Gender Child and Social Welfare, Awut Deng Acuil.
The policy was meant to offer solutions and support to the ever increasing number of vulnerable children in the streets across the country.
The government spokesperson Michael Makuei Lueth told journalists after the weekly Council of Ministers’ meeting that once the policy was approved by parliament, it would provide ways for protection of children including those without appropriate parental care.
“It also seek to provide protection to children who have parents but whose parents are unable to provide them with appropriate protection… it is one of the most important policies,” Makuei said.
After the policy was passed by the cabinet Awut was immediately directed to table it before the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) for further deliberation.
“The necessary legislations would be prepared according to the policy so that we protect our children most of whom are not getting an appropriate parental care,” Makuei added.
About 12,000 children are estimated to be living in the streets countrywide without any education, good health and shelter according to Jubek State Ministry of Gender Child and Social Welfare.
Most of the children have lost their parents during the civil war and others were forced into the streets due to other factors that included the worsening hunger situation country wide. Some of the children abandoned their families and resorted to the street in search for food.
Last week the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) warned that the humanitarian situation was worsening in the country despite efforts by the agencies to contain the situation.
According to the Integrated Phase Classification report released early this year, an estimated 1.2 million children are on the brink of starvation.