We all have an idea that Street Children are the most vulnerable group of children. Sexual abuse is hidden, but a widely prevalent suffering among the children. It is safe to say that over 90 % of them are physically and psychologically abused. Many sniff carpet glue to escape hunger, their worries, fear, loneliness or it is used to escape their problems. Many poor children are struggling for survival out in the streets. It is their working place, their home, their life. These children are at highest risk of murder, rape, trafficking or child labor!
When is a child a Street Child? The term `Street Children` refers to children for whom the street of cities has become their new permanent home. Children as victims are: homeless, without families and who live in situations where there is no care, support, love, protection, supervision, or any other direction given. According to the CWIN (Centre for Child Workers in Nepal Concerned Centre), every year more than 500 – 700 children end up in the streets of Kathmandu. Where they are from you may wonder: They come to the city from different rural districts of Nepal.
UNICEF defines different categories: children from street families are children who live on the streets with their families. Street working children are children who spend most of their time working in the streets of cities, but return home on a regular basis.
Street living children are children who may have lost their families through war or any other purpose, or have been abandoned because they had become too much of a burden for their parents, or else ran away from their abusive home or poverty and decided now to live alone on the streets. U.N. has estimated the population of street children worldwide at 150 million. There is no exact number in Nepal. It is always difficult to calculate the exact number of street children, because they move around a lot, within and between cities and villages. Their life starts and ends with the little money they make by street jobs, e.g.: rag picking, begging, street vending, or shoe shining. Sometimes they even cannot afford a meal and usually they are hungry and destitute.
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(Madan Magar, Reference: CWIN, pictures are taken in Kathmandu January 2018)