Migration surge leaves children stranded, begging on Djibouti’s streets

Ethiopian migrant youth wake up on the beach in Djibouti City, where thousands live as street children. Photo credit: Muse Mohammed/IOM

This article is brought to you in association with the IOM.

Djibouti City – Djibouti might be a relatively small country on the Horn of Africa, but it is a significant transit location for migrants, especially from Ethiopia, who are seeking to cross over to Yemen, and ultimately to the Arab Peninsular.

Some of the migrants are children who do not leave the country and end up living on the streets of Djibouti City, the capital. For the government, this is an issue that needs attention.

The starting point is the recently-concluded study on street children, conducted by the Ministry of Women and Family Affairs and the Directorate of Statistics and Demographic Studies (DISED), with assistance by the International Organization for Migration.

Funding for the study was provided by the European Union through the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for the Protection and Reintegration of Migrants in the Horn of Africa.

The EU-IOM Joint Initiative facilitates orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration management through the development of rights-based and development-focused procedures and processes on protection and sustainable reintegration. The project, backed by the EU Trust Fund, covers and has been set up in close cooperation with a total of 26 African countries.

The purpose of the study on street children is to provide a diagnosis of the living conditions of these children in Djibouti City and to provide recommendations.

The study was jointly conducted by a national consultant, Ms. Amina Saïd Chiré, who provided the literature review and the qualitative analysis, and the DISED which took charge of the quantitative survey and analysis. Providing technical support was an international consultant, Mr. Michel Poulain.

The purpose of the quantitative survey was to enumerate the street children, to know their characteristics and to identify their priority problems. It was conducted in the urban agglomeration of Djibouti which has the majority of street children in the country.

The population covered was children aged 0 to 17 who identified as living on the street. A total of 1,137 children were surveyed, including 633 children aged 0 to 9, including 195 girls (30.8 per cent) and 504 children aged 10 to 17, including 64 girls (12.7 per cent).

During the opening ceremony of the study’s validation workshop recently, the Minister of the Interior, Mr. Hassan Omar Mohamed Bourhan, thanked the European Union for supporting the study, and insisted on the need for identifying all street children in Djibouti to better protect them.

The Minister of Women and Family Affairs, Mrs. Moumina Houmed Hassan, reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to tackling the issue head on through the implementation of five measures namely: the creation a coordination platform, the reinforcement and development of reception facilities, the establishment of an identification system; the definition of basic minimum service; and the development of a national protection strategy.

Head of Delegation of the European Union in Djibouti Ambassador Adam Kulach said the situation of street children is a tragedy that affects everyone. He said the problem will be the focus of the EU’s attention through the implementation of a 2 million Euro project for children in street situations in Djibouti.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

How electrification will make the world more inclusive

“What a Wonderful World”: the unsettled relationship between Climate Change and Human Health

Students in Milan are moving in with the elderly to fight loneliness and save money

A Brussels antithesis reveals where the EU is heading

MEPs agree on future regional and cohesion funding

EU ready to relinquish its internal tax havens

It’s time to strengthen global digital cooperation

Merkel had it her way with the refugees & immigrants but can Greece and Turkey deliver?

How do we design an inclusive energy transition?

Greece may offer to China a European gateway

COP21 Breaking News: “We must accelerate the process”, Laurent Fabius cries out from Paris

Climate change and health: public health awareness in an international framework

After globalization what? Europe’s long, straining shake-up post Davos wreckage

‘Repeated attacks’ could close down key hospital in eastern Libya, says WHO

In Chad, top UN officials say humanitarian response must go ‘hand in hand’ with longer-term recovery

Alarming level of reprisals against activists, human rights defenders, and victims – new UN report

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Hope’ on the horizon as UN Peacekeepers push deep into Mali

Immigrants make good entrepreneurs. This study proves it

Diversity training doesn’t change people’s behaviour. We need to find out what does

Infinite Oath

INTERVIEW: Advancing human rights, a ‘never ending process’ says new UN rights chief

Water reuse: Commission proposes measures to make it easier and safer for agricultural irrigation

2021-2027 EU Budget: €378,1 billion to benefit all regions

FROM THE FIELD: Finding refuge in the ‘beautiful game’

UN chief welcomes formation of unity government in Madagascar

Is there a new debt crisis on the horizon?

UN recorded 64 new allegations of sexual exploitation or abuse in the past three months

UN chief praises Africa for keeping ‘hearts and borders open’ in refugee crisis

‘Bleakest period yet’ in Occupied Palestinian Territory: UN human rights expert

Pharmaceuticals: Commission refines intellectual property rules

What’s behind South Korea’s elderly crime wave?

Conflict and climate change challenge sustainable development effort: UN report

The New Year 2016 will not be benevolent to Europe

UN chief hails victory of ‘political will’ in historic Republic of North Macedonia accord

UN underscores the need to celebrate indigenous peoples, not confine them

China repels EU allegations of export subsidies

Europe’s dirty air kills 400,000 people every year

Safe drinking water, sanitation, are ‘basic human rights’: new UN Water Development report

6 things to know about press freedom around the world

Here are three ways Africa’s youth are defeating corruption

Industrial price dive may lead to point of no return

Parallel downfalls of Merkel and Deutsche Bank threaten Germany and Europe

Uganda’s Ebola preparedness ‘will go a long way’ says WHO chief

Nature is our strongest ally in ensuring global water security

Greece @ MWC14: Greek-born mobile champions at MWC 2014

How trade tariffs could help combat climate change

The ECB accuses the politicians of inaction, continues injecting billions to banks

South Africa still hasn’t won LGBTQ+ equality. Here are 5 reasons why

Pakistan has just planted over a billion trees

What happens when the Eurogroup decides to help Greece

JADE Generations Club: Connecting perspectives, changing Europe.

Smart devices must come with trust already installed

Refugee crisis update: EU seeks now close cooperation with Africa while Schulz is shocked to witness live one single wreck full of immigrants

GSMA Mobile 360 Series – Latin America, in association with The European Sting

‘World’s deadliest sea crossing’ claimed six lives a day in 2018: UN refugee agency

Nicaragua: MEPs condemn brutal repression and demand elections

This is how AI can help you make sense of the world

France: New labour laws for more competitiveness

These countries spend the most on education

168 hours left for MEPs – ECOFIN Council to deliver a Banking Union

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s