Poverty. The main reason for the many street children in the cities of the Philippines. Lousy hygienic conditions, often covered in boils and ulcers, underfed, sexually abused and exploited, and only some glue to lessen their misery. The support there is is far too little. Yet they retain a lust for life.
glue sniffing girls waiting for customers next to a road.
young street kids eating bits of chicken found in a fast-food restaurants rubbish.
street kids having fun during a hurricane.
collecting plastic jerrycans to use for storing water.
sniffing glue, the cheap way of temporarily forgetting hunger and despair.
among the flies in a slum area.
teenage mothers, inadequate food, retarded children, slums.
looking for food or other useful stuff.
group of street kids and an adult woman.
customer arriving at a brothel with coerced, under-aged girls.
gang leader with his gang in a slum area.
young armed gang member.
sniffing glue between containers in the harbour.
crowded prison cell with minors among the adult criminals.
hopeless. Arrested for sniffing, in jail for years without due process.
having a meal at a walk-in centre for homeless kids.
washing and having fun at a centre for street kids.
street corner worker giving practical first aid to a street kid.
street corner worker among his group of street kids.