Back to Index
is going on in my local community
In my local
community I have seen youths who are involved in drug abuse and
prostitution. I usually see them sitting beside the road smoking
and doing all sorts of things, which they think are right.
One thing that
I have noticed is that these young people do not have anything to
do in their lives. Most of their parents have died because of these
dangerous diseases. The young people in the community think that
drinking, drug abuse and prostitution is the only thing, which can
help them. You can find that some of these young people do not have
both parents so they will be trying to make their own living.
I have seen
this family that will not say their name. Their parents are late
and they are left with a sister who is only 16 years and her brother
who is 14 years. She is no longer going to school because she is
the only one who is looking after her two young sisters. So this
girl has to work hard so that she can get money for food, rent and
everything that is needed in our day-to-day life.
This young girl
used to go to Mbare Musika to buy tomatoes, vegetables and resell
them. She has been doing this for almost three months now but our
economy does not allow her to have enough money for the buying and
selling. She has tried to ask for money from her relatives but now
things are hard for everyone and all she could get were empty promises.
Then she thought she could ask for the money from her friend. You
know what she said? Her friend told her that she was going to take
her where she could get money without working hard.
It was in the
evening when the friend came to her place and said can you accompany
me so that your problems will be solved. This young girl tried to
ask where exactly they were going but she was only told that she
was going to see when they got there. To her surprise they went
to a nightclub. At first she ran away and went back home. Her friend
came the following day and she showed her a lot of money. So the
next day she joined her friend and came with a lot of money so she
thought it was a good idea since they did not need capital to start
with. She managed to pay rent and everything including school fees
for her young sisters.
This girl had
a brother who was 14 years so they decided that the two of them
would no longer go to school so that they can work and help their
young sisters, since they had completed their grade 7. So the brother
was just taking alcohol and playing with sugar mamas since there
was no one to control him.
A year later
this young girl was suffering from headaches. She went to several
doctors to get treated but all could not help. She even tried mushonga
but nothing worked out. Now you see her parents died and she was
in a situation that needed her to help her young ones but the way
she did so was not proper. You see now people are suffering because
our economy is not good. It's not that this girl wanted to be in
this situation but because she does not have money, she forced herself
The girl also
There are so
many situations that young people are facing in my community because
of the economy. And I think something should be done to improve
our economy so that people can stop this business of prostitution
in order to get money to buy basic commodities. Imagine a child
keeping another child! Also there should be a lot of job creation
so that these young people can find work or enrol in courses at
affordable fees so that the young people will find something to
do other than spending their time loitering the streets.
We want all
young people to become self-sustained.
was written during a Kubatana motivational workshop, 10-11 May 2005
Please credit www.kubatana.net if you make use of material from this website.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License unless stated otherwise.