The Ministry of the Interior takes 200 children off the streets – Latest news

The Ministry of Interior, Immigration and Security recently provided temporary shelter to about 200 street children, many of whom are believed to be Angolan citizens, in Ondangwa.

Children have often been seen roaming around and selling goods in Windhoek and several cities across the country over the past year.

The ministry says plans are underway to transport more children to the National Youth Service Center in Ondangwa.

This was confirmed in a statement to the media on Tuesday by the executive director of Internal Affairs, Etienne Maritz, who said that children face challenges in their daily lives.

“In response to their plight, the government has taken steps to help and support these vulnerable children. More than 200 children have been relocated to the National Youth Service Center in Ondangwa, where they will receive temporary accommodation and care from the government,” Maritz said.

He added that efforts are being made to transport more children from various cities in the country to the Ondangua center to receive similar support.

Maritz said this measure has been taken to ensure their safety and care, as well as to profile them so they can be reunited with their parents or family.

“Despite their visible social struggles, many of them have refrained from revealing their origins or personal data. While it is widely speculated that most of them may come from Angola, most have chosen to remain silent,” says Maritz.

In the statement, Maritz added that the ministry is working closely with the Angolan authorities to ensure that a lasting solution is found.

“The government remains committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all people within Namibia’s borders, especially those who are most vulnerable. We urge the public to report any suspected cases of human trafficking or child exploitation to the relevant authorities to prevent human rights violations,” he said.

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