'Children's rights? We have nothing. We're just like human garbage, nobody needs us.'
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.
4 Currents Special
Report - The waves that woke the world
9 An invitation
to read between the lines
`Life is given only once'
13 Fish heads
14 Tanya: 'It's
better to die of AIDS than hunger'
'The only thing I hate in the world is the police'
18 Street children - THE FACTS
20 Nicole: 'I'm
out here for a reason; I'm not regretting it any more'
'It's easy to fall in love, but very difficult to endure it'
'I shouldn't lose hope because it won't be forever'
26 Jack: 'The
kind of life I want'
28 So you want
30 Mixed Media
32 Big Bad World
33 Making Waves
34 Essay - Fair
trade for sale
36 Country Profile - Burma