Street Children: Why Bother?

The overly congested city of Dhaka, has much in its background. But amongst the congestion, commotion and pollution are the floating population.

There are over 400,000 street children in Bangladesh with over a third of them settled in Dhaka. Living in dense slums, squatter settlements or on the pavement makes them vulnerable to a dangerous concoction of dilemmas - from malnutrition to sexual abuse, force participation to petty theft to substance abuse.

With the recent unrest in the country it is even more imperative to bring attention to those who will be affected as a result of the political turbulence. The issue of street children is not one that is widely discussed by the people in power and yet it’s one that affects the social and economic forecast of the country and it’s future development.

Dr Zaki, the coordinator of the Bangladesh Restless Beings team, recently spoke to Aminul Islam, Assistant Professor in Sociology at Jagannath University, Dhaka. Aminul Islam has done some extensive studies on the sociological effects on the floating community of Bangladesh.

He shared with us his thoughts on the perceptions people have when they migrate into the city and what they face in reality.

Aminul Islam raised deep concerns of the floating community especially the children who are denied of their childhood, exposed to darkness and a life of abuse, of all types. He suggested actions that are not only immediate but also sustainable, ones that would help make permanent positive changes.

Lastly the professor commended Restless Beings for their work and wished the organisation luck and continued success.

There are many like Mr. Aminul Islam who has the passion and determination to voice these alarming concerns. Collectively these voices need to resonate with the belief that each and every single one of us holds the power to make a difference.

So how can you help?