The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Friday, November 27, 2009

Street children

Street children is a term used to refer to children who live on the streets of a city. They are basically deprived of family care and protection. Most children on the streets are between the ages of about 5 and 17 years old, and their population between different cities is varied.

Street children live in abandoned buildings, cardboard boxes, parks or on the street itself. A great deal has been written defining street children, but the primary difficulty is that there are no precise categories, but rather a continuum, ranging from children who spend some time in the streets and sleep in a house with ill-prepared adults, to those who live entirely in the streets and have no adult supervision or care.

A widely accepted set of definitions, commonly attributed to UNICEF, divides street children into two main categories:

1. Children on the street are those engaged in some kind of economic activity ranging from begging to vending. Most go home at the end of the day and contribute their earnings to their family. They may be attending school and retain a sense of belonging to a family. Because of the economic fragility of the family, these children may eventually opt for a permanent life on the streets.
2. Children of the street actually live on the street (or outside of a normal family environment). Family ties may exist but are tenuous and are maintained only casually or occasionally.

Street children exist in many major cities, especially in developing countries, and may be subject to abuse, neglect, exploitation, or even in extreme cases murder by "cleanup squads" hired by local businesses or police.

In Latin America, a common cause is abandonment by poor families unable to feed all their children. In Africa, an increasingly common cause is AIDS. [Wiki]


New York City and Washington series continue in Sketches of Cities.

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AB said...

But why have they painted their mouths?

Kate said...

It's hard to believe that adults are not more active in saving their lives: physical, mental, and emotional. Thanks for the UNICEF definitions. It is the agency to which I mainly contribute. Calling our attention to this huge issue is important, and I thank you!

brattcat said...

This is such an important issue. Thank you for this excellent post.

Jilly said...

This is so poignant, Carraol, the more so because today I put a photograph of Monaco children on Monte Carlo Daily photo. It goes without saying that the difference in the lifestyles of the children couldn't be more obvious. we live in an unbalanced world and the children suffer.

However, the charity the children are attending in Monaco is to the benefit of children, as you will see. I hope some of it gets to Mexico City's street children.