Towards 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.

None 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.