life is like there for street children who live there, a growing problem that
doesn't appear to even be on the radar of the government.
Many of these children can be seen begging on the streets to provide for
themselves and often young siblings. In a country where education isn't
accessed by many in any event, these street children are just turned away at
educational or health resources and are stigmatised by a society that simply
doesn't and can't care for them.
As one former street kid reported "I saw many of my friends die of AIDS - they
did not know where to go for treatment because they were street children, many
of them were HIV-positive or had sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), like
gonorrhoea or syphilis." T
he 25 year old who had spent eleven years on the streets after his parents died
also noted "The street children are involved in many sexual relationships and
there is a great deal of sexual violence, mainly against girls, but also