They live in tunnels, sewers and drainage holes, hidden beneath Addis Ababa's teeming streets.
They move from one makeshift shelter to the next, chased away by police or the rivers of water and refuse that flow when the rains come.
An exact number is too difficult to pin down accurately, but various estimates put the total number of street kids in Ethiopia between 60,000 and 150,000.
The Smugglers' Due, a NYT article (registration required), about teenage Chinese immigrants that come to the US, either sent by their parents or who come on their own. The article is about Chen, one such immigrant, who came to the US as a teenager via arrangements provided by 'snakeheads'---the immigration racketeers. The immigrants work their asses off to pay their dues to the 'snakeheads' for several years and face consequences at home if their payments are late. The article is Chen's story so far and his lonely battles for survival.
Poverty affecting children ain't a pretty picture. Poverty affecting anybody ain't a pretty picture.