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Title: LIFE IN THE STREETS OF ADAMA THE SITUATION OF STREET CHILDREN IN A FAST GROWING ETHIOPIAN TOWN
Authors: KIBROM, BERHE
Advisors: Dr. Susanne Epple
Copyright: 2008
Date Added: 22-Jan-2009
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: The study brought forth the challenges present to the western concept of childhood as a long protracted and protected period of dependence. In the finding the gap between the real living situation of street children in Adama and the ideal childhood was evidently noticeable. Making a living in the informal economy, street childrens were able to generate meager income. Under existing living conditions in Adama this income is too small to buy essential meals. Street children are also denied access to education, basic health care, adequate nutrition, leisure time and the safety and security of their homes, families and the community. Street children in Adama are vulnerable to wide and extreme violations of their rights. They are verbally, physically and sexually abused. Their situation is made worse by the negative attitude of the general public who are insensitive to their predicaments and are less helpful. The causal factors of child streetism were analysed in reference to the theoretical frame of the study. Hence, in this study the situation of living in poverty was found to be one of the factors to push children to move to the street. Parental problem was another factor for a child’s decision to leave home to move to the street. Children’s rational choice to live on the street and pressure from the culture on children to move to towns to work as early as they were able to work were other responsible factors for many children’s street life involvement. Even though child focused NGOs in Adama are playing a vital role in helping destitute children and their families, many more children in the streets are still looking for their help.
Description: A THESIS PRESENTED TO THE SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES OF ADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIRMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARTS IN SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1953
Appears in:Thesis - Social Anthropology

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