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Abuse and Exploitation

Spread across almost every major city in the developing world, and despite living and working on the streets, street children are amongst the most ‘invisible’ of all children

There are assessed to be up to 150 million road kids on the planet today. Derided as crooks and disregarded by their networks, they are the most hard to reach with fundamental wellbeing, instruction and welfare administrations.


The UN characterizes road kids as, ‘the individuals who work in the city as their lone methods for getting cash, the individuals who take shelter in the city amid the day however come back to some type of family around evening time and the individuals who for all time live in the city without a family organize’. What these various classes of youngsters share for all intents and purpose is that they are on the whole very powerless against the numerous risks of the lanes.

The danger of brutality, burglary and introduction to sedate merchants is consistent and encounters of maltreatment and sexual abuse are very normal.


Muslim Hands propelled its first Street Child venture in Pakistan where we have come to more than 4,000 youngsters with consideration and backing. Our work has likewise extended to Nigeria, Indonesia, Sr-Lanka and Niger. Just as caring for their prompt needs, we furnish defenseless road youngsters with advising and passionate help. Our long haul point is to make open doors for them, so they never again depend in the city to endure.

Meeral’s Story: From the Horrors of Home to the Horrors of the Street

Meeral Shah, a child labourer, was just nine years old when he ran away from a village near Multan and found his way to Karachi.   


‘I was working for Waderas (medieval landowners) for as far back as I can recall. My whole family work for them and I did each sort of work they gave me. Their administrators used to beat all of us all around brutally.


When I was around seven years of age, one of their overseers (name expelled) assaulted me. It was extremely agonizing and I cried a great deal. At that point, he began manhandling me every day – and on the off chance that I shouted out, he would chuckle uproariously. Before long, he carried a companion alongside him and the two of them mishandled me in the meantime. I yelled and cried a great deal however nobody came.


This time I by one way or another figured out how to tell my dad, however (on account of his dread of the incredible proprietors), he advised me to not talk about this. This is the point at which I attempted to get away (that family unit) however was gotten and seriously beaten.

The overseer and his companions kept on ambushing me normally, making me move stripped for them before assaulting me – presently I needed to murder them or slaughter myself, and once tried to execute myself.


That is the point at which I fled once more, and God aided and I kept covered up and voyaged persistently and I got away.


Presently I have been here in Karachi for around four years, and my life is vastly improved. Truth be told I am presently the gathering chief here and deal with my juniors.′


The fact that Meeral Shah refers to his life on the street as ‘better’, speaks volumes. But it doesn’t have to be this way. 

Muslim Hands is working hard with our partners on the ground to re-shape the futures of children like Meeral. 

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