New Internationalist

Street children

Recounting lives lived with a fierce and admirable courage, street children speak out about the way the world has treated them and make no bones about it. This month’s NI introduces you directly to some of these children, so often pushed to the margins or spoken for by others. From boiling noodles in a sewage pit to selling sex without a condom, these young individuals testify to suffering on a scale that defies our understanding. Yet their stories are full of honesty, generosity and hope for a better future.

April 2005, Issue 377

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Street children: read between the lines
Dinyar Godrej explains why children should do the talking… and we should listen.
Dolgion: 'Life is given only once'
Survival strategies from a sewage pit in icy Mongolia. Interview by Lutaa Badamkhand.
Fish heads & faith
Child photographers capture the streets.
Tanya: 'It's better to die of AIDS than hunger'
Sex and sisterhood in Harare, Zimbabwe. Interview by Stanley Karombo.
Ricardo: 'The only thing I hate in the world is the police'
Selling religious cards in Uruguay by day, afraid of the dark at night. Interview by Jenny Smith.
Street children: the facts
Nicole: 'I'm getting out of here for a reason; I'm not regretting it any more'
From panhandling to picking up on a lost education in Toronto, Canada. Interview by Noreen Shanahan.
Rukshana: 'It's easy to fall in love, but very difficult to endure it'
Why boys are a pain for a Mumbai girl on the move. Interview in India by Dionne Bunsha.
Lean-Joy: 'I shouldn't lose hope because it won't be forever'
Determination and hope in Manila, the Philippines.
Jack: 'The kind of life I want'
Pipedreams from the Philippines.
Jessa: 'All that has happened, has happened already'
It’s a common sight in Manila to see single male foreigners with young girls on their arms.
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Here's how!
The waves that woke the world
The aftermath and implications of the Asian tsunami.
United Nations of America?
An NI editorial comment.
Mixed Media
Film, music and book reviews this month.
Making Waves
Jordanian journalist Rana Husseini has devoted her career to campaigning against 'honour killings'.
Essay - Fair trade for sale
Floating on the stock exchange; giving seals of approval to big corporations: what on earth is going on in the fair trade movement? David Ransom sounds the alarm.
Romero remembered
On the 25th anniversary of the martyred Archbishop, Wayne Ellwood looks back.