Kenya street kids tie the knot
Apicture of two Kenyan street children tying the knot has gone viral in the East African country. The image depicts the youngsters marrying in the streets of the capital city Nairobi, in a ceremony attended by other glue-sniffing children.
In the controversial clip, the bride is clad in a white wedding gown. The boy looks smart in a suit and white shirt.
The controversial exchange of vows in the Gikomba marketplace by the street urchins whose age could not be ascertained is in defiance to a campaign by authorities to rid the streets off the homeless youngsters.
While there are no official figures, it is estimated Kenya has some 300
000 children living and working on the streets across the country. A fifth of them are in Nairobi. Poverty and chid abuse are blamed for the surge.
The presence of these youngsters has been blamed for an increase in trivial crime and robberies.
A crackdown by government through police rounding up the children has
failed to halt the prevalence of the children on the streets.