Latrines, important for children’s health

YOUNG REPORTER – On November 19 of each year, the world celebrates International Toilet Day, a situation that seems to be overlooked here at home while latrines are very important for proper human development and especially for children.

As a young reporter, I wanted to know what other people think, especially children and students from high school because in our community, schools do not really perform good management of latrines, as stated by Akonkwa Nalukoma a 17 year old student from the town of Goma: “In our school, we have over 600 students but we have only 16 latrines. All of us, girls and boys, we access them without distinguishing the toilets for girls and those for boys. ”

Because of the mismanagement of latrines that do not meet sanitary rules, the consequences are increasing every day, children are the victims because most people in schools are students and children. Prince Sanvura, student of Goma declared: “Because the latrines are not properly constructed or maintained, we are victims of several diseases such as malaria, diarrhea, fever and other diseases.”

I went to a crowded district of Goma where latrines are built haphazardly and children are the ones suffering the most; there have even been children who have fallen to their deaths into these latrines.

Although an effort was made by the Goma Mayor to set up public latrines in different parts of the city, to use them you must pay a price, this puts children in a difficult situation and the bush or other forsaken places become the only place where they can relieve themselves.

I thank the authorities for their efforts to implement public latrines, nevertheless I recommend that they increase the number of latrines. I also ask school authorities to improve and increase the number of existing latrines and toilets to contribute to healthier children.

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Photo by: Kimberly A. Thomas

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Jospin Benekire

Jospin a 16 ans et fait partie de la nouvelle génération des enfants reporters de Goma. Il est également le porte-parole du parlement d’enfant depuis 2013. Il veut devenir journaliste international ou avocat des droit humains pour améliorer la situation des enfants. Ce qu’il préfère dans le fait d’être enfant reporter : « faire des articles et des reportages sur la situation des enfants pour renforcer notre plaidoyer et faire comprendre aux décideurs les problèmes ».

Jospin is 16 years old and is part of the new generation of young reporters from Goma. He is also the spokesman of the child Parliament since 2013. He wants to become an international journalist or a lawyer in human rights to improve the situation of children. What he loves about being a young reporter: "make articles and reports on the situation of children to strengthen our advocacy and expose the problems to the policymakers."

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