Tears of a fatherless child

Paternal bond: Not all children enjoy their fathers’ presence in their lives PIC: INSTITUTE OF FAMILY ISSUES
Paternal bond: Not all children enjoy their fathers’ presence in their lives PIC: INSTITUTE OF FAMILY ISSUES

Sunday, June 19 is Father’s Day. Every year those who are fortunate to have their dads in their lives will be celebrating on the day. Some will be buying their fathers presents, taking them out for lunch or dinner, and doing either big or little things their dads love for them. But not all look forward to this day. Mmegi Correspondent NNASARETHA KGAMANYANE writes

In Botswana, many children either grow up without father figures in their lives or abusive homes. Even though Mother’s Day holds the greatest significance in many people’s lives, this is not always the case with Father’s Day because many children grow up with absent fathers and if some have fathers, they get abusive ones who never devote a single second in their children’s lives.

Many children are birthed by single mothers resulting in many children growing up without knowing their fathers because some men are accustomed to denying their children paternity immediately when their partners tell them of their pregnancy.

Editor's Comment
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