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Street Children
HU 323: Cultural, Health & Society
Issue paper
Sunita Sultan Ratoo
Dated: May 28, 2013
Aga Khan University School Of Nursing and Midwifery
Word Count : 1000

Children are the innocent creature of God, needs support of their elders. When they don’t get support, they spend their lives with fear of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Olusanya (2005) defines street children as: “the generic term used to refer to children who use the street for their daily survival.” Street children are an example of globally deprived human who get unequal economic and social support along with deprivation of basic necessities. Children are like growing flowers that must be poured with right to healthy life, education and respect; but rights of street children are neglected. With increasing world population, numbers of street children are increasing. According to SPARC newsletter 2006, 1.2 million children are reported as street children in Pakistan out of which 25,000 are in Karachi (Gulrez, 2006, p.205). Three days back when I was crossing a restaurant, I saw a crowd standing in the middle of the street. Very curiously I went towards the crowd and saw 3 young dead bodies that were terribly beaten and were naked. Somewhere within the crowd, I heard that these were the street children who were kidnapped a week before. They were physically harmed, tore off, organs stolen and thrown in middle of road. I kept thinking rest of the day that it is terrible thing to be a street child there is no one to take care of them and their rights. Street children are product of poverty, increasing population, violated human rights, child labor and poor quality education. Researches have shown that 80% of children are on street due to poverty and 20% are due to socio-economic and psychological reasons. (Rana, & Chaudhry, 2011). A poor child fights every day for need of food, gets exhausted by tolerating hunger; comes out on street and adopt begging to fulfill...
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