Domestic violence to blame for rising cases of violence against children

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Domestic violence is a situation that arises due to constant fighting between a man and his wife. So in most cases a mother in such a situation may opt to leave their children under the care of their father. So incase this man marries again, possibilities of the stepmother mistreating the children are very high.

Alternatively, the same mother can decide to leave the marriage but this time taking the children with her and maybe getting married again and so the step father of the children may in this case mistreat the children or maybe even defiling them.

But even as the cases of violence have been reported to be on the increase, one thing is for sure not all incidents that find their way into the newsroom. This is according to an officer working in a Non-government organization that deals with cases involving violence against children.

She went further to say that so far they have handled more cases as compared to the same time last year So if the boy/girl child if not in a healthy family setting, you will find them very vulnerable to such risky situations.

But then a society as a whole has a role to play in order to ensure that children are safe and let us be more enlightened on what to do when we experience such situations. This means that we should all have our eyes and ears open to ensure that the children within us are safe.

People should thus act responsibly and report any incidents where children’s rights are being violated. I remember an incident of a girl who was living at their home’s doorstep for being considered as a bad luck to the family. Such a girl was saved from the wrath of her father and the grandmother after her plight was highlighted in the media.

As Kenya Mourns The Fallen KDF Soldiers, What Went Wrong?

A variation on the Kenyan flag.

A variation on the Kenyan flag. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who killed our Soldiers in Somalia? Was it an act of terror or someone set them up? Was it the illegal trade to blame for the killings in an AU Kenyan Forces camp in Somalia?

It is a sad day since yesterday, and still no answers have popped up in my mind why the Kenyan intelligence was got unawares in the recent attack on Kenyan camp in Somalia.

Yesterday’s news was so heart breaking. And the country is mourning the deaths of KDF soldiers who were overrun by al-shabaab Islamic militants in Somalia, a few miles from the Kenyan border.

Confirming the incident, the military spokes person said that the soldiers managed to repulse the attacked but the damage had already been done.

According to al-shabaab spokes person, the Islamists killed over 60 Kenyan soldiers who are working to restore the image on Somalia after decades of war and lawlessness. The Kenyan forces crossed into Somalia, about four years ago and are since working under AMISOM, African Union Mission in Somalia.

The militants gained entry into that facility after a suicide bomber drove car-laden explosives into the gate and blew up. It was then that the ground team took on the facility with heavy gunfire.

The militants later reported that they have taken over the facility and erected their flag there.

Now, questions still lingers in my people’s mind…, ‘was the intelligence system asleep when this incident took place?

To some people, they argue that the soldiers were sold out to the terrorists but an unknown individual.

Even though these might be baseless claims, no one really knows an ever alert AU troops were got unawares this time round.

In recent reports, Kenyan troops were accused of doing businesses with an enemy in Somalia. The UN report said that KDF soldiers were engaging in illegal business in area under their command. Of course, Kenya rubbished these claims. Moreover, yes! No one really confirmed these reports.

In later reports, it was claimed that the terrorists were very much interested in looting, mostly acquiring weapons and other important war hardware from the AU camp.

Now, did someone sell Kenyan troops to these terrorists?

Somalia’s Peace and Economic Boom Lures Investors

Somalia —- Recently Somalia government announced that it is ready to deals with internal problems by its own. This is a wise move because this shows the world that it the country’s political stability can be trusted. This announcement confirms that Somalia army is strong enough to deal with terrorists operating in the country on the horn of Africa.

Nowadays, Somalia capital which was under ruins has recovered steadily, with peace being experienced for the first time in about two decades.

Clan wars left the country in lawless state, and this gave rise to terrorism activities. al-Shabaab under command from foreigners took a step further by radicalizing Somalia youths and later the group started ruling the affected regions with Sheria laws.

The then government of Somalia had no influence to the people…The interim government did not have good facilities for government operations. A reason why the elected leaders used to meet in Kenya while governing Somalia.

With slow but steady progress, Somalia has been experiencing economic boom with Somalia diaspora community remitting money for economic boost, mostly in housing and infrastructure development, trade and business and many more.

With security from both Somalia government and from AMISON troops, Somalia is turning to be an new opportunity for foreign investors.

Hotel businesses are slowly picking up with white sand beaches opening to the public for the first time in twenty years.

The problem with Indian Ocean piracy in Somalia waters has hit the lowest mark since the world’s most developed country have been patrolling this dangerous water ways since the menace became so rampant against sailors.

Now standing strong, Somalia has shown enough progress to ascertain that it can stand alone and deal with its internal menace successfully. Even though the world news channels are mostly interested in bad images of this growing state, hopefully this mentality will change, things will return to normal and people will be happy living in peaceful Somalia.

Kenyans Urged To Be on The Lookout This Festive Season

The Inspector General (I.G) has cautioned Kenyans to be on the lookout for any suspicious persons or any luggage of questionable contents during this festive season. He went on and said that the Al-shabab is disintegrating due to continued pressure that the gang is experiencing from the military personnel that is Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) with an aim of curbing its operations in this region completely.

The IG also said that the Alshabab militants are either moving to join ISIS or the Al-qaeda whichever one prefers to be good for him. He further added any Kenyan who comes across that may seem alarmingly a threat should very fast contact the relevant authorities. He also said that the Al-shabab has always been a threat and so we should take the necessary precautions this festive season. He also urged Kenyans to keep their cards open for the sake of their security.

The threat is real and so let Kenyans do the partying at the same time they ought to take note of the IG’s words. Just a few days ago, we awoke to the shocking news of a bus that was attacked by the Al-shabab but thanks to the Muslim passengers who halted the ill actions of the gang after they refused to be separated from their Christian counterparts. But then let the government beef up more security to the terror prone region now that there is some intelligence reports of impeding attacks.

Then something else, hope there will be swift response by the police in case of anything of concern from the general public. Let us ashame these actors of doom, they cannot succeed to exercise their shadows of darkness over us. They hide in the Islam religion and oh! Unto them because from their heinous deeds; they are not entitled to associate with any religion.

So I hope as Kenyans will be saturated with the partying mood, they ought to take these sentiments seriously for the sake of their safety.

To Know a Bad Leader, See How He Treats A Known Bad Leader

The Swahili saying, Mwenye Nguvu Mpishe (Let the energetic get through) might mean that we should be cautious when handling matters that are beyond us or when dealing with someone whose power is out of our reach. For example when trying to oppose the dictatorial government while you already know you do not have a chance at all.

But sometimes silence means death! Then what should you do to survive?

Everyone listens when someone cries for help. Oops! Not always because so far the people of Burundi have been crying for help but no one in Africa is ready to listen to them.

It seems that people in Africa, especially those living in EAC region do not value humanity anymore. Even though people suffering are our brothers and sisters, silence from EAC heads of states only confirms that the countries have lots of problems to deal with and they have no room for sympathy anymore.

While the heads of states in the EAC region were pushing for trade deals, nothing came into our mind that they were also colluding amongst themselves to give us a raw deal if political disagreements emerge in a member state.

Recently, the parliamentarians in Bujumburu voted for not peace keeping mission in Burundi. This is just one way of keeping out foreigners into Burundi’s brewing genocide. I do wonder why when people— innocent individuals (men, women, and children) suffer; other men and women who ride in big cars with security details all over would only relax and let the sufferers face the wrath of fate. This goes on until they are actually affected… a time the call for help from the international community.

Why kill your people because of greed for power? And why watch as your friend murder his own people in order to remain in power?

There is one Bukusu saying that when translated goes ‘A good dog can’t walk with a bad dog unless they are both bad dogs.’ Coming in the mix with political stalemate in Burundi, it means that the friends of Burundi president are just like he is… only that nothing has happened yet in their countries.

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