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In Africa, famous people are known by the number of people who attended their funeral. If you are an influential person, then more people will attend your burial, but I was surprised during Samuel Iruris’ burial. The young and the old; females and male gathered in the chilly morning to say goodbye to him.

For the last 6 yrs that I had known him, he used to call me Sam, I tried on different occasions to remind him that my name was Moses, but he always said that it doesn’t matter. Little did we know that his real name was not Samuel Iruri but George Mwaura.  We only found about his real name when during the burial day. When he was 11 yrs old, both his parents passed away, he looked for anyone within their family to take care of him but none did. He decided to run away and changed his name, not only to make it difficult for his family to locate him, but also to erase the lineage of their family within him.

As the boys were singing and mourning, deep within me I was asking myself how many among them are concealing their identity. How many are so insecure that they can not reveal their real identity?

Some of the FIKISHA boys following keenly

Everything was conducted in a somber mood, it was so nice to see both the current and the former street boys gathering together to give Samuel or George his last respect. Since none of them is ready to die like Samuel/George, we had the best time speaking with them about alternatives ways of living a better and drug free life.

Lst gifts that they could give

After Samuel had been laid to rest, the boys  offered their gifts including necklaces and a bottle of glue.

Prayer request:

1. For the boys who are in the streets, may the Lord provide opportunity for them either to go back to school or have some income generating programs.

2. For FIKISHA mentors, we are working so much to stop the killings by the police. Please ask God to give us wisdom on how we can handle this situations.

3. Pray for the mentors to be guided towards a spiritual identity so they can be able to share joyfully about  Christ to the boys.

Here’s a video of the day’s event:

Read more on how he was murdered.

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Did you know that death squads in Brazil can make up to $50 for killing a street child?1 And between 1988-1990 over 4,611 street children were murdered in Brazil?2 Still in Brazil when the body of 9 yrs old Patricio Hilario da Silva was found on the main street of Ipanema, there was a handwritten noted around his neck. “I killed you because you didn’t study and had no future. The government must not allow the streets of the city to be invaded by kids”3

Does the same thing happen in Kenya? Maybe yes. Just two days ago Samuel Iruri  akaSergeant” one of the FIKISHA boys was found sleeping on the streets of Kawangware slums by the policemen. They started kicking him and beating him with bats. In the process they broke him arm and ribs. Since street boys are known to be strong, the next day he crawled back to the base and spent the day sleeping. It’s reported that on the same night the policemen came back and tortured him worse than they had done the previous night. During daybreak Sergeant passed away aged 27.

That morning all boys marched to the local Police Administration to report but do far no action has been taken. The boys are so terrified to testify about what happened. Just yesterday one of reported about what happened and since then his whereabouts are unknown. We aren’t sure whether he’s arrested or killed like Sergeant.

Did they want to kill him? Why would they kick the ribs of a boys who’s homeless and helpless to protect himself? What did they want to achieve as policemen by beating him so ruthlessly? Did they plan it? Why did they have to kill him instead of protecting him?

We stand up with all the street boys and speak against this cruel torture that the policemen are showing. They should protect NOT kill.

Here’s a picture of Sergeant from http://www.themakingoffikisha.wordpress.com

1Ibid

2 ABC Trust, Brazilian Street Children, p. 3, by Jubilee Action [Online], Available at: http://www.abctrust.org.uk/useful_docs/Jubilee_Action_EN.pdf [Accessed 19 July 2007]

3Brookes, S., (5 August 1991), ‘The Murder of Rio’s Street Kids’, Insight Magazine [online], available at http://www.stephenbrookes.com/international/2006/4/18/the-murder-of-rios-street-kids.html [Accessed 11 July 2009]

Moses Aboka