Australia child labor: In Togo, the hard life of "microbes"
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In Togo, they are very numerous, these children who survive by working in the streets. They are pointed out, often despised, but they are children who have their history, victims that you have to get out of the chasm.
with our correspondent in Lomé, Peter Sassou Dogbe
This is the case of Cyprien, 13 years old. He stopped the school in the middle of the year 1st year and lives at the edge of the Agoe-Zongo market, in the northern outskirts of Lomé for three years. "I sleep in the market, where we sell the television posts. It's only after you sold enough scrap that in the evening, I can buy what to eat, "he tells us.
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Hervé, older, has left home for a witchcraft story. "I lived with my father's second wife and with his son," he explains. And she told me that my mother had given me witchcraft objects to prevent her son from progressing! I talked to my father when he returned, but he did not say anything ... and I left.Resilient
These are resilient children, who must adapt to all situations, according to Christophe Kpabi, field educator to the non-governmental organization, Hälsa International. They were about 7,000 in 2015. The figure has evolved a lot and it worries Kévin Fiashinou, Executive Director of Hälsa International
"For such a small country, the number is far too high, he insured. Before, we had the traditional causes of the entrance of children in the street, which were often based on poverty. But today, these elements evolve and we have new factors that come into play, including domestic violence, the lack of support for parenthood that we do not have and the misunderstanding of the development of the child by the child. parents. And parents abandon.
Some 85% of these children in the streets have their parents alive, 10% are orphans and 5% are migrant children. He arrives-like this has been the case a few days ago - that a parent finds his child after he has spent ten years on the street.► Read also:
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