"I lived with a Tribe for about
a year before I came here. Do you know about the Tribes?"
Erica nods. "Well-organized groups of homeless children," she says, "with rules and social structure of their own."
"That's right. The Tribe that took me...that I lived with," I correct myself to keep the story as far away from Hillary as I can, "they had taken over one of the sunken towers in the harbour. You know, one of the buildings abandoned when the waters rose." Erica nods again so I continue. "We had a perfect view of the Core, daytime and nighttime. The leaders watched for anything we could make use of. If there was a fire, they'd send out kids to see what could be lifted in the confusion."
The Secret Under My Skin.
"Before we can leave, a little girl sidles up to us. She might be seven. Her clothes are dirty cast-offs, her brown hair is matted. Her face is marred by an angry eruption. She stands in front of us and composes herself in an oddly formal way, clasping one hand with the other. Then she starts to sing....
"Lots of street kids perform for money. For most, it's just a way to dignify begging. But this child's voice is sweet and true. The melody is haunting and her lyrics touch me to the core."
The Raintree Rebellion
Around the world, every day, kids find themselves alone on the street of big cities, trying to survive. Their lives are dangerous and difficult. Most people try to pretend they don't exist.
Street kids are still threatened by death squads in many parts of the
world. CBC Radio One producer Bob Carty aired a documentary
Terrors: Who is Killing the Children of Honduras?"
You can read the transcript of this broadcast or listen to it on Real Audio
by clicking on the title.
If you want to learn more about children around the world and what you can do to help, here are some links to organizations that work with them.
Millions of children around the world are made homeless, physically harmed and emotionally scarred by wars.
War Child Canada works to make life better for children whose lives have been torn apart by war.
Free the Children is a Canadian charity dedicated to letting children and young people in developed nations help their counterparts in developing countries. This organization was founded by Craig Kielburger when he was only 12 years old. The organization has grown steadily and supports a number of projects.
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