This post was written by guest contributor Yasmeen Nizamy.
The most basic rights: that’s what we will be talking about here. Forget about the flashy statements of the declarations of human rights, for the people I’m discussing are not recognized as humans to begin with. I’m talking about street children.
But, who are street children? They are known in Colombia as “the plague” or “dirty faces”. If you are Indian you’d be calling them “Sadak Chap,” while in Brazil the word for them is “Moleque”. Whatever name you give them, they share the same destiny. In a study based in Egypt, street children were defined as:
“children, boys or girls, who live in the street with minimal or mostly no contact with their parents or guardians, who depend entirely on the street for shelter without protection or guidance from any governmental or non-governmental associations, and who have developed and relatively adhere to certain skills and values that enable them to deal with street life.”
And why am I writing about street children? I’m Cairene. This implies daily encounters with street children at most of major street intersections, under bridges, or even wandering in the street of downtown Cairo, the neighborhood in which the infamous Tahrir Square is located. Downtown is not only about revolution and all the hubbly bubbly Arab Spring talks. When it comes to street children, downtown shows its ugliest face. [Read more...]