evening, the street children began to gather near the
night shelter across from the railway station: boys of
all ages, from 10-22 years, and girls, their (sex) partners
and friends. All have been living in the streets from
as little as one day to 12 years. They all seemed
to know each other in a spirit of camaraderie - independent
and courageous spirits bonded together to survive.
seemed angry or afraid. Some had jobs; others
pick rags or beg on the streets. All spent whatever
they earned by day’s end, lest it be stolen. Within
the subculture of street children, there is a 60% incidence
of STD’s. (sexually transmitted diseases) All
are at high risk for HIV infection.