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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
|Appears in:||Thesis - Social Anthropology |
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