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Child-Father Crisis?

This year the 16 th  day of June was a special day as Father’s day coincided with the Day of the African child. For children with present fathers it was indeed a special day, but for those without for whatever reason, it is a sorry state of affairs.

Statistics reveal that only 1 in 100 children has only the father alive while 1 in 20 have lost their fathers to death. These statistics are grave especially because there is no control over the situation.

Further statistics indicate the 1 in 3 households in Kenya is headed by a woman (36% in rural, 28% urban areas). In Turkana County for example, 52 % of households are headed by women. This may not be enough to make a solid conclusion but it pegs the question “are men falling short’? Is this a looming
fatherhood crisis?

In the month of April alone, 64% of the cases reported to the 116 helpline were mainly in relation to abandonment of fatherly duties; child maintenance, neglect and rejection. This data gives a vivid picture on the national level in regards to the matter at hand. So can we ask again, Is there a looming
fatherhood crisis? and more importantly “what effect does this have on the child? Do we have to save our fathers, to save our children?

Let us work together to ensure that the next time these two important days coincide that children will have their fathers beside them to celebrate and that fathers will be proud to have protected their children from lack and any other forms of abuse that could be meted towards them.


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