Finally Orphans Get Their Rights
On 4th January 2017 Jamila Baharia who is a paralegal at Mpwapwa district received information from one of the community members of Ilolo ward who is the nearby neighbor about the guardians who were violent to their two grandchildren. These kids are orphans who have lost their mother seven years back and they were left with their father.
Due to life hardship, their father moved to Tanga to find a job and left them with their grandparents with no communication at all. These guardians were very violent to the kids and they didn’t give them all the daily meals, never let them out of the house to play with other children and they were also not allowed to go to school.
After getting this information, Jamila consulted Ward Executive Officer (WEO) and they visited the family to see what was really happening. They found these kids in a very bad condition and what they were told with these good neighbors was true.
The WEO and Jamila planned a meeting with these guardians at WEO’s office. On the meeting date Jamila explained that child abuse is a crime and penalties and punishments associated with it, she taught them about children rights.
Soon the children were sent back to school, they are studying at Ilolo Primary School. They are now happy and they go to play with other children.
Paralegal have been a source of hope and provide legal assistance to most of the rising challenges in the community. Looking at this case, aggressive behaviors could bring psychological effects to these children and they could end up becoming bad grownups, the paralegal intervention changed the course. The presence of legal aid in the community level is of a big advantage.