This article looks into the lives of less fortunate or more appropriately, unfortunate.
For some children, the street is the place to find their home, their parents, games, education, health or love. For others, however, the streets are where locked from dawn until midnight. Private protection and care of a family, sleeping in litter boxes,
parks or at the asphalt. The age of most of these children is between 15 and 17.
It is estimated that currently there are 100 million children living on the street. They are especially vulnerable to victimization, exploitation and abuse. International indifference to the problem has led to neglect and continued abuse of these children.
According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), every child is entitled to a standard of living adequate for physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social. The Homelessness denies each of these rights.
The term "street children" includes three different groups of children:
Those who have no home or family support. They move from place to place living in shelters and abandoned buildings.
Those who visit their families regularly, and may even return every night to sleep at home, but spend several nights on the street because of poverty, overcrowding or physical or sexual abuse.
Those living on the streets of the city with the rest of their families. It may be displaced due to poverty, war or natural disasters. These families often live a nomadic life moving their few belongings with them. In this case, children often work on the
street along with other family members.
Those who receive institutionalized care. In this case the children come from a situation of homelessness and are at risk of returning to the street.
Hidden and isolated nature of street children makes it difficult to produce accurate statistics, but UNICEF estimates that approximately 100 million children in this situation, a figure that is steadily growing. There are up to 40 million street children
in Latin America and at least 18 million in India. Many studies find that the most frequent age of these children is between 10 and 14 years, although it was found that more and more young people.