Djibouti works to support street children by starting with a study of their needs: IOM report

Djibouti City – Djibouti may be a relatively small country in the Horn of Africa, but it is an important transit point for migrants, especially those from Ethiopia, who are seeking to travel to Yemen and ultimately , in the Arabian peninsula.

Some of the migrants are children who do not leave Djibouti and end up living in the streets of Djibouti Ville, the capital. For the government, this is an issue that deserves special attention.

The starting point is the recently completed study on street children, conducted by the Ministry of Women and the Family and the Directorate of Statistics and Demographic Studies (DISED), with the support of the International Organization. for migrations.

The European Union funded the study under the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for the Protection and Reintegration of Migrants in the Horn of Africa.

The joint EU-IOM initiative facilitates orderly, safe, regular and accountable migration management through the development of rights-based and development-oriented sustainable protection and reintegration processes and processes. The project, supported by the EU Trust Fund, covers and has been set up in close cooperation with 26 African countries in total.

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

The study was conducted jointly by a national consultant, Ms. Amina SaA�d Chire, who provided the literature review and qualitative analysis, as well as DISED, which undertook the investigation and analysis quantitative. The technical assistance was entrusted to an international consultant, Prof. Michel Poulain.

The quantitative survey aimed to enumerate street children, to know their characteristics and to identify their priority problems. It took place in the urban area of Djibouti, which has the majority of street children in the country.

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

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

The Minister of Women and the Family, Ms. Moumina Houmed Hassan, reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to tackle the issue head-on through the implementation of five measures, namely: the creation of a platform form of coordination, strengthening 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.

The head of the European Union delegation in Djibouti, Ambassador Adam Kulach, said the situation of street children was a tragedy that affected everyone. He added that the problem would be at the center of the EU’s attention thanks to the implementation of a Euros 2 million project for street children in Djibouti.

Source: International Organization for Migration