The lament of street children

Pix by Nilan Maligaspe

Theirs is a childhood lost on the roads. Some call them “street children” and for them a home and school are distant dreams.

Innocence not entirely lost but hidden somewhere with the hot sun and dust overshadowing them, they have become pawns in the hands of cruel adults who exploit their helpless situation to make some money.

National Child Protection Authority Chairperson Anoma Dissanayake said that one of their goals for 2011 would be to lend a protective hand towards these street children.

“This year we plan to establish a safe home for them, rehabilitate them and send them to school,” she said adding that the root causes for this social malaise will be looked into and addressed.

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