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Tough life for Kenya's street children

Tough life for Kenya's street children


<p>They look tired, hungry and rugged. These are the street families in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.</p> <p>Nicknamed Chokora in Swahili, it’s a tough life for these children who loiter on the streets which they call home. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Street children struggle to survive in Kenya <a href="https://t.co/ijj6ZHG0BO">https://t.co/ijj6ZHG0BO</a> | Independent Online <a href="https://t.co/EUaCrAhjLQ">pic.twitter.com/EUaCrAhjLQ</a></p>— <span class="caps">IOL</span> News (@IOL) <a href="https://twitter.com/IOL/status/720592680644775938">April 14, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Going by statistics, there could be up to 60,000 of such children in Nairobi alone.</p> <p>Some children are pushed onto the streets following the death of parents, sometimes due to <span class="caps">HIV</span>/AIDS, or after running away from violence at home. Others live on the streets simply because their families are too poor to look after them. </p> <p>Abandoned by the state, several charities offer help. One such centre is the Rescue Dada Centre.</p> <p>“It is like a society with rules and regulations, and in that society there is a leader who asks each and every one what they have brought,” said Mary Gatitu, Director at the Rescue Dada Centre.</p> <p>The centre which has been operational for over 20 years has been supporting street girls to build a better life away from the streets.</p> <p>For these kids, engaging in normal activity associated with children their age is perhaps all they wish for.</p> <p><strong><em><span class="caps">AFP</span></em></strong></p>
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