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Street Children and Other Vulnerable Children

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This chapter discusses of Street Children in developing countries. The most significant factors contributing of street children in Nairobi, Kenya are poverty, rapid urbanization, population growth, family instability and the declining role of the extended family system. The higher risk for the child to become homeless if there was disharmony in the family or in the guardian’s home, if a child had left the countryside to move to the town, if a child had become jobless, or found street life attractive; poverty was not the main reason for the child to become homeless because of civil conflict and the socio-cultural changes that followed. Studies have shown that many children in Rwanda as a result have been dealing with issues of identity, grief, loss and the child’s position in the family. Education is a crucial factor in helping to decrease the risk of children to become infected by HIV.

Keywords:civil conflict; education; HIV; homeless; population growth; poverty; Rwanda; street children



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