According Ethiopia’s government the Capital City of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa is currently estimated to have a total population of four million seven hundred and ninety four thousand (4,794,000) people living in it , even though critics disagree with this number since Ethiopia’s population census count had been postponed three times so far making it so difficult for many to reach an estimate , regardless the only estimate put to work for now until the census population count is taken suggests 4,794,000 people live in Addis Ababa and ten thousand of them are homeless children under the age of 18.
According to the government of Ethiopia out of these 4,794,000 people in Addis Ababa, close to 10,000 of them are estimated to be homeless children under the age of 18 who lived on the streets of Addis Ababa mainly surviving by begging until the government recently started taking the initiative to place these Addis Ababa’s homeless children in shelters due to the state of emergency declared in Ethiopia , in an effort to slow down the spread of Covid-19 .
Currently it is being reported that almost half of the homeless children of Addis Ababa are provided with temporary shelter services , meaning about five thousand of the ten thousand homeless children in Addis Ababa are placed in temporary shelters.
Also it is estimated the remaining five thousand homeless children of Addis Ababa will soon be placed in shelters too. These shelters are not orphanages and these homeless children are not up for adoption as many couples were hoping because after the children spend six months in these shelters, then the children are expected to be reunited with their relatives or with the communities of their choice .
The politicians of all political parties should help slow down the spread of Covid-19 , protests and stone throwing resulted Ethiopia in loosing more than five thousand people during the recent past while the former PM Hailemariam Desalegn’s regime was in power . We Ethiopians should learn from our past mistakes , now is the worst time to engage in such types of protests , now is the time for opposition parties to approach the Ethiopian government and ask how they can help fight Covid-19. The opposition can help with sheltering the remaining five thousand homeless children of Addis Ababa or they can start similar sheltering initatives in other parts of the country because currently it is estimated there are more than sixteen million (16,000,000) children engaged in child labor within Ethiopia who desperately need any help they can get from all good Samaritans willing to stretch their helping hands.
Ethiopia moves children from streets to shelters to slow coronavirus