A family in Maralal, Samburu County, on Thursday, May 13 had an emotional reunion after their son who had gone missing after a shop errand returned to them in a good state.
The child had been sent by his parent to a shop during a visit to Nairobi and disappeared, only for him to resurface after three years.
The boy was taken into custody by officers who then took him to Kakamega, where, upon questioning him, he claimed to come from.
Upon reaching Kakamega, the minor was taken to a children’s home while the officers launched a search for his family.
Also, the family continued to search for his kin without success.
Luckily, three years later, after the boy went missing, the officers managed to trace his family and facilitated the reunion of the estranged kin.
The child’s mother expressed her happiness upon being reunited with her son.
“I am thankful to those who have brought him back to me,” she said.
The officer who witnessed the reunion stated that family challenges were a contributing factor to the increasing numbers of street children in the country.
“Parents, as well as relatives, should take responsibility for their children. Just because you have economic challenges does not give you the right to let your children to roam in the streets,” the officer advised.
She further advised that parents ought to take responsibility for their children at all times.
A census conducted by the State Department for Social Protection in 2018 showed that the majority of the street persons were between the age of 10 to 34.
According to the census, the highest concentration of street persons was found in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, and Uasin Gishu Counties in this order.