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Supreme Court of India Orders To Block Rape Videos

In a very welcome move, the Supreme Court of India is acting against the publication and dissemination of rape videos

martedì 20 gennaio 2015

THE GLUE SNIFFERS

A street child sniffs glue from a tin near a roadside garbage dump in Hlaing Tharyar, northwest of Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: AP Every morning before sunrise, a growing number of street kids can be seen picking through garbage, climbing on the heaps of trash at city dumps, or sleeping on the sidewalk.


Sweaty hair matted to his pale, emaciated face, Thant Zin Oo starts his days early, winding through small alleyways outside Myanmar’s biggest city Yangon and scavenging through garbage piled up behind shops and factories in search of something — anything — to sell.
Tucked under the 11-year-old’s filthy, tattered shirt is a half-empty yellow glue tin.
It gives me a sense of peace,” he says, taking a break so he can draw the strong, noxious fumes into his young lungs. “I forget my hunger for a moment and dream of things that I cannot do in my real life.”
Myanmar’s long-time military rulers handed over power to a nominally civilian government three years ago, leading to the lifting of Western sanctions and a burst of economic activity. More than 500 foreign businesses have invested $50 billion. But as poor families move from rural areas to the big city in hopes of finding work, many find themselves struggling.
Without education or money to buy food — their families often squatting on land illegally seized by gangs — children are most vulnerable.
Many are left to fend for themselves, easily influenced by the bad habits of other street kids, from prostitution and gambling to drug abuse and gang-style extortion, said Aung Kyaw Myint, local leader of an organization that provides help for homeless kids.
Every morning before sunrise, a growing number of street kids can be seen picking through garbage, climbing on the heaps of trash at city dumps, or sleeping on the sidewalk.
Rain or shine, Oo and his 15-year-old brother Ko Min are among them.
The boys say they earn $2 to $3 a day — around half of which goes to their parents and the other half to a small tin of glue they share between themselves.
Oo no longer imagines he will one day be a doctor. And Ko Min says even his more modest goal, being a soldier, now seems totally unrealistic.
He said, “When I sniff glue, I close my eyes and in my dreams I go to nightclubs and have fun.”

Myanmar street kids turn to sniffing glue to forget hungerAssociated Press January 19, 2015

UNICEF had estimated a total of one million street children in Egypt in 2005.

The National Centre for Social and Criminological Research (NCSCR), the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) and 10-12 NGOs participated in the survey of Egypt’s street children, according to Waly’s interview with Al-Hayah satellite channel.
Executive director of the Egyptian Coalition for Children Rights, Samar Youssef, said that the coalition announced its wariness regarding the number, with respect to the effort made in the study.
The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said that there are 1.5 m child workers in Egypt” said Youssef.

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