Police Launch Crackdown on Nairobi’s Street Children and Families

May 24, 2017

An ongoing crackdown on street children and families in Nairobi has led to the arrest of 470 street children.

Police arrested the children and placed them in custody in the crackdown that began Monday morning.

Nairobi County Police Commander Japheth Koome said the children and a few adults are being held in different police stations across the city

He said the crackdown on street children and families is ongoing and those arrested will be vetted before being sent back to their homes or rehabilitation centres in the country.

“Their numbers have been increasing (in the city centre) and they have been mugging and harassing people on the streets,” Mr Koome said.

According to statistics, there are over 60,000 street children in Nairobi. Police estimate that a quarter of the 60,000 are in the Central Business District (CBD).

The treasury allocated Sh9.7 billion Social Protection Fund to the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children for the 2015/16 financial year

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