Marizka Coetzer
Journalist
3 minute read
2 Sep 2021
6:00 am

In between court dates and fights, the children suffer

Marizka Coetzer

Children were still being used as pawns in a game between bitter parents divorcing in 2021.

The six officers denied the charges at a hearing in Nairobi and were ordered to be kept in custody until a bail hearing on September 22. Picture: iStock

Many stories have been written about absent fathers or mothers fighting for maintenance but who care about the children. It starts from the top: the law. The courts were full and social workers were overworked and a backlog of cases or investigations… yes, we heard every excuse. Yet children were still being used as pawns in a game between bitter parents divorcing in 2021. The games they played were far from a sophisticated chess game but rather resembled a playground fight. It starts with a push and a shove, then the sticking out of the tongue in a teasing manner....