Sunday, 8 July 2007

Street boy soldiers on

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Peter Mwangu

It may sound fictitious but it`s real: Nicholaus Issa is three-people-in-one. From sunrise to noon, he is a student and then converts to part-beggar and part-odd jobs operative in the streets up to late evening.

The "third person" rounds off the day when he retires for the night, not in the conventional sense of sleeping under a roof, but in the open.

15-year-old Nicholaus is a street child, who shares the degrading label with several other boys and girls in Dar es Salaam and other Tanzanian urban centres.

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