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Childhood Interrupted

Posted in Helen Jones - Wordly Images by hellyj on March 26, 2009
10,000 Ethiopian children on the streets........

100,000 Ethiopian children on the streets.......

Childhood Interrupted – Jason Florio

To bring to light the extreme hardships of the estimated 100,000 children that live on and under the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Many children are victims of child trafficking and family abuse and were forced to escape to the street.

Three years ago I was photographing in Addis Ababa the capital of Ethiopia and I met a young boy called Bruke who had runaway from a small village because of an alcoholic and physically abusive father and a step mother that did not want him. Bruke, when I found him was living with his friend Oromo in a small concrete hole that was 3 x 4 x 5 ft in size that was in the median of a very busy road. He was surviving, like so many of the street children there off left over plate scraps from restaurants. Through an outreach center that tries to help the estimated 100,000 plus street children that live in the Mercato market area of Addis I was also able to talk to many other children like Bruke who had escaped not just abusive families but were victims of child trafficking and prostitution. My dream assignment would be to return to Addis and make a detailed photo essay with audio interviews with the children that would bring to light the horrors of child trafficking and the extreme dangers that these young children face everyday on the streets. The ultimate dream would be to use part of the money to find Bruke and help him establish a life off the streets. If I cannot find him then I will donate part of the money to the Forum on Street Children, an NGO that helps rescue children from the hardships life on the streets of the Mercato area.

Work in progress……………

jason florio photo. 2006.copyright – Bruke, Ethiopian street boy, 13 years (approx)


Photo: Jason Florio http://www.floriophoto.com


3 Responses

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  1. Katie said, on March 28, 2009 at 12:21 am

    this would be a fantastic project.
    I hope it works out, have voted and will link this in the morning, Good luck, Katie, x

  2. hellyj said, on March 28, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    thanks so much Katie – every single vote counts tons! Thanks for the link too 🙂 Hope all is well in your world

  3. Katie said, on March 29, 2009 at 10:36 am

    Hi sorry was late getting to publish the link but have done it now!! My world is ok just now thanks, always interesting, or at least never still for long! slightly slower this morning as we were out celebrating a friend who has changed careers and just qualified in her new one as an audiologist 🙂
    Hope you’re ok too

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