are street children all over the world, but the street children of Mongolia
face special problems. Mongolia is 1500 metres above sea level, so its
weather is even colder than that experienced further north in Siberia.
Temperatures of 35 or 40 degrees below freezing are not uncommon in winter.
For a child trying to survive on the streets with very little food or
shelter, these conditions are almost impossible.
So why do children leave
home to live in these conditions?
Talking to street children in Mongolia, we find four main reasons why
they have come to the streets.
- They have been abandoned
by their parents, or left in the care of a relative who does not really
- Their parents divorce
and re-marry, and the new step-parent does not want the children.
- They have been regularly
beaten at home, perhaps by their parents when they were drunk, or sometimes
by an older brother or sister.
- Their parents have
sent them out to earn money on the streets.
- They have left home
by choice, to join friends or find freedom on the streets.
DO THEY COME TO THE STREETS
| Why do they come to the Streets
Where do they Sleep | How
do they Live