Street children

'Children's rights? We have nothing. We're just like human garbage, nobody needs us.'

Recounting lives lived with a fierce and admirable courage, street children speak out about the way the world has treated them and make no bones about it. This month's NI sweeps aside the usual selection of articles to introduce you directly to some of these children, so often pushed to the margins or spoken for by others. From boiling noodles in a sewage pit to selling sex without a condom, these young individuals testify to suffering on a scale that defies our understanding. Yet their stories are full of honesty, generosity and hope for a better future. With a dignity that is humbling, their stories invite us to value the truth of what they have to tell.









2 Letters

4 Currents Special Report - The waves that woke the world
The aftermath and implications of the Asian tsunami. Includes: the Burmese migrant workers who were forgotten victims; caste discrimination in India even amid the tsunami trauma; an NI reader on helping to identify bodies in Thailand. PLUS: In memoriam Archbishop Romero, murdered in El Salvador 25 years ago.
PLUS: NI editorial comment - United Nations of America?

9 An invitation to read between the lines
Dinyar Godrej explains why children should do the talking... and we should listen.

10 Dolgion: `Life is given only once'
Survival strategies from a sewage pit in icy Mongolia. Interview by Lutaa Badamkhand.

13 Fish heads & faith
Child photographers capture the streets.

14 Tanya: 'It's better to die of AIDS than hunger'
Sex and sisterhood in Harare, Zimbabwe. Interview by Stanley Karombo.

16 Ricardo: 'The only thing I hate in the world is the police'
Selling religious cards in Uruguay by day, afraid of the dark at night. Interview by Jenny Smith.

18 Street children - THE FACTS

20 Nicole: 'I'm out here for a reason; I'm not regretting it any more'
From panhandling to picking up on a lost education in Toronto, Canada. Interview by Noreen Shanahan.

22 Rukshana: 'It's easy to fall in love, but very difficult to endure it'
Why boys are a pain for a Mumbai girl on the move. Interview in India by Dionne Bunsha.

25 Lean-Joy: 'I shouldn't lose hope because it won't be forever'
Determination and hope in Manila, the Philippines.

26 Jack: 'The kind of life I want'
Pipedreams from the Philippines.

28 So you want to help?
Here's how!

29 Southern Exposure
Bangladeshi women who have survived acid attacks perform a play, photographed by Abir Abdullah.

30 Mixed Media

32 Big Bad World
The Grim Reaper invites you inside, in Polyp's cartoon.
PLUS: NI Prize Crossword

33 Making Waves
Jordanian journalist Rana Husseini has devoted her career to campaigning against `honour killings'.

34 Essay - Fair trade for sale
Floating on the stock exchange; giving seals of approval to big corporations: what on earth is going on in the fair trade movement? David Ransom sounds the alarm.

36 Country Profile - Burma








<This month's article>
-Translation of "An invitation to read between the lines" (NI p9)
-Translation of "Dolgion: `Life is given only once'" (NI p10-12)
-Translation of "Nicole: 'I'm out here for a reason; I'm not regretting it any more'" (NI p20-21)

<Reporting from Japan>
-Street Children through the eyes of Japanese youth

<Country Profile>
-Translation of "Country Profile - Burma" (p36)


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