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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


2 ABC Trust, Brazilian Street Children, p. 3, by Jubilee Action [Online], Available at: [Accessed 19 July 2007]

3Brookes, S., (5 August 1991), ‘The Murder of Rio’s Street Kids’, Insight Magazine [online], available at [Accessed 11 July 2009]

Moses Aboka