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Title:Street Children in Harare
Author:Bourdillon, M.F.C.ISNI
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:street children
Urbanization and Migration
Economics and Trade
Health and Nutrition
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1161371
Abstract:After giving some general information about children working on the streets of Harare, Zimbabwe, this article discusses the way children live on the streets when the streets become their home. A survey of children working on the streets in all the main centres in Zimbabwe in 1990 showed that from a sample of 520 children working on the streets about 15 percent were living on the streets. The article focuses on the children who classify themselves as 'mutibumba' (roughly 'those who sleep under trees'). It gives some reasons for their being on the streets, describes how they organize themselves and how they earn a living, and comments on their values. It goes on to point out that there are a variety of perspectives on where the problem of street children lies, and outlines possible lines of intervention. The article is based largely on the weekly reports of the late Maxwell Rupondo, who worked for Streets Ahead, an organization working on behalf of street schildren in Harare, until his death in February 1992. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French.