RAY 14 years old , loves drawing and want to become an arts ,he said “My parent’s drinks alcohol every day, every minute and it scares me because I do not want to be like them”. He has experienced a traumatic life due to his parent’s alcoholic nature. “I ran away from home as my parents were always drunk and mistreated me”. I have been told he sells drugs so I ask him and he replies “yes, sometimes I have to survive, and it’s not my choice if I don’t do it
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.