AMERICA/MEXICO - Christmas between consumerism and street children

Wednesday, 28 December 2016 street children  

Wayne S. Grazio

Oaxaca City (Agenzia Fides) - For street children there is no "Christmas dinner", no gifts. They live marginalized, in the cold, under bridges, they have no family and are exploited. Unlike many children who spend these festive days in joy, they will have to work in order to have something to eat. Poverty, hunger makes them easy prey to abuse, violence, crime and prostitution. These young victims are not only exposed to many risks, but are also subject to discrimination, are considered criminals or beggars. They are forced to live on the streets for several reasons: poverty, domestic violence, the death of one or both parents, economic migration towards cities. They survive rummaging in the garbage to find something to eat, sometimes begging and stealing. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 28/12/2016)