Friday, July 29, 2022 4 a.m
The Minister of Women, Family and Children, Nassénéba Touré, launched operation “Zero street children” at a rehabilitation center in the Zone 4 C area of Marcory (South Abidjan). Her move is spearheaded by the Program for the Protection of Vulnerable Children and Adolescents (PPEAV) of the Ministry of Women, Family and Children (MFFE), with the support of the deputy-director for the fight against child trafficking and juvenile delinquency of the Criminal Police.
The main objective of the operation is to remove children from the streets for their social reintegration. Four sites were visited, namely Cocody Angré “Terminus 81-82”, “Carrefour Bluetooth”, “Carrefour Arafat” and “Mille Maquis”, in Marcory. Around 200 children sleeping rough, in unfinished houses, at the edge of "maquis" and bars were relocated. Nassénéba Touré noted that 99% of these children were waiting for this moment because they just wanted an outstretched hand. "These children are vulnerable, the street is not their place to live, the safety of these children lies with their families", the Minister added. For her, security for all is linked to that of these children who must necessarily be reintegrated into the social fabric.