Collins loves to dance and at thirteen years he claims that
he is the best dancer on the streets. However, the dances are a way of him coping with the hard life on the streets. Collins says “my parents died when I was younger and my grandmother raised me, but she got tired as she is an old woman. I came to the streets and joined other boys”. He sniffs glue all the time and due to his age, he is often picked on and beaten by other bigger boys. Due to his love of dance Collins states “I want to become a dancer like on TV Chris Brown
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.