Ali is sixteen years old and has been on the streets for five years. He said “After my mother died, my father married another woman and she chased me from home saying am not her child. She used to beat and forcing me to sleep on the floor and starving me”“The stepmother is the one who chased me away from home and I become a street child”. In the streets, we have many challenges and the police beat us at any opportunity.He adds “(on the streets) we live to share, We will die sharing”
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Reasons for running away
Poverty is one of the main factors in children migrating to the cities and the streets. Many children run away to escape from extreme violence at the hands of parents and authority figures.
There is a universal desire for self-improvement through education in children living on the streets, and many leave home after being forced to work because their families cannot afford the cost of schooling
Dangers on the streets
The situation children find themselves in is often worse than the one they left. Rape and sexual violence are common experiences for many children on the streets of Tanzania and Kenya, and Boys are particularly at risk.
Food, clothing, shelter are hard to come by, and children resort to scavenging on rubbish dumps or being exploited and made to work.