Street children demand legal identity
A U.K. Guardian report gives voice to a youth living on the streets of Chennai, India, just in time for International Day for Street Children
CHENNAI, India — Usha Elumalai has grown up on the streets of Chennai, India, fighting for a legal identity. She shares her struggle in a special U.K. Guardian report.
“I live with my parents and one of my two sisters. We live on Barracks Street, in an area called Mint. We don’t have a real roof over our heads. We live in dread, all day, every day. We never know what might happen to us when night comes,” writes Elumalai, a third-generation “pavement dweller,” in the report.
Like Usha, many children cannot enrol in school or receive health care without documents such as a birth certificate. [theguardian.com].
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