Sunday, June 18, 2006

The Street Children of Addis

I can't not think about the hundreds of street children we encountered in Ethiopia. What an amazing opportunity to be than hands of Jesus.

The following is a dipection of street children in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, retrived from the BBC's section: In Pictures.

Blink and you will miss the underground children in Ethiopia's capital city. They live in tunnels, sewers and drainage holes, hidden beneath Addis Ababa's teeming streets. They move from one makeshift shelter to the next, chased away by police or the rivers of water and refuse that flow when the rains come. Growing up amidst the traffic, they learn to hustle at a young age seeking change or selling small items to drivers at traffic lights.

Across from the main post office, there is a sewage drain. It draws little attention. Thousands of people walk across its steel bars every day without giving it a second thought. This is good for Mohammed and his friends. They do not want their home to be discovered. The space is not more than half a metre high, and though it is five or six metres long, only one small portion is covered and unexposed. When it rains, the boys huddle together among the rubbish and waste.

Among the reasons for the high numbers of street children in Addis Ababa are extreme poverty, hunger, violent conflict and drought in rural areas. Often, the children come without families, orphaned by disease, escaping abusive and neglectful parents, captivated by tales of wealth and opportunity in the big city. An exact number is too difficult to pin down accurately, but various estimates put the total number of street kids in Ethiopia between 60,000 and 150,000.

Text and pictures: Will Connor and Mesay Berhanu



Blogger Peter Matthes said...

I makes me really angry when I see children who are suffering like that.

Here in America all we seem to care about is what Tom Cruise is going to name his baby, or where Brad and Angelina will have theirs.

I am ashamed to live in this hopelessly shallow country sometimes.

1:34 AM  
Blogger Visiting Orphans said...

Being angry doesn't solve problems. Channeling that energy into serving God by giving your life away to make the world a little better does.. I hope you'll do just that. It touches your heart to walk among the poor as Christ did in His day.

10:16 AM  

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