Features Events Compilations CD's African Calendar
Training Consulting Digitisation Media Management Media Sales
Training Consulting Digitisation Media Management Media Sales
CD's Subscriptions
Africa Media Online - Logo

Rwanda's street kids

The consequences of the 1994 genocide are echoed across the streets of Rwanda. The faces of thousands of street kids speak for the countless relatives the lost in this dark period. With no one to care for them they lack the luxury of enjoying a decent childhood. Survival is an instinct that has been long horned into their system, circumstances have changed but the struggle remains for the same thing; life.

The Rwandan government has recently come under fire for trying to sweep this problem under the carpet. In the year 2004 these kids were allegedly rounded up and held in transit centre outside the city. This was in preparation for a summit of the New Partnership for African Development (Nepad). It was assumed that the Rwandan Authorities did not want the incoming head of States to be privy to the problems that the country was dealing with. The age group of these children falls within the age gap of 5-25. All of whom have to do what they can to survive; theft seems to be the easiest way to for them to get a little money for food. This is not to say that they only look to steal money but anything they can and with their loot they turn to the streets to sell whatever they get their hands on. This in itself gives birth to a whole new cycle. This cycle that is business oriented features this children buying small products and reselling them to...

FOR THE FULL STORY OF 588 WORDS CONTACT pictures@africamediaonline.com

  Go to Page:
  Go to Page: