Haitian Street Kids: Street Life Gallery

 

 

Haitian Street Kids: Street Life Gallery

 


Pedro Toussant, age 12, cries after he was beaten and robbed by older street children,
in Port au Prince, Haiti, June 25, 2006. Toussant had worked all day to earn enough money to buy
a plate of food when he was attacked. Younger street children are always at risk of being beaten,
robbed and worse. Pedro also was shot twice by the police in the Chan dur Mars area of
Port au Prince earlier this year. He received wounds to the left leg and left shoulder but survived.

Social worker Mike Brewer attends to 12-year-old Pedro Toussant, who was beaten by older street kids over his dinner in Port au Prince, Haiti, June 22, 2006. Brewer is a registered nurse and is called upon on a daily basis to provide the most basic of medical care to the kids on the street.


Street children gather to inspect 12 year-old Onor’s wounded arm, where the bone has pierced the skin, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006 in Port au Prince, Haiti. Onor is suffering from a rare manifestation of osteomialitis, a severe inernal infection that has splintered the bone and forced it through the skin.

Onor is again turned away from the second hospital he goes to trying to seek help. Street kids are routinely refused treatment at hospitals regardless of their condition due to their social class and obvious inability to pay.

Onor, waits to be seen, then dresses himself while a doctor from the Brazilian United Nations peacekeeping force inspects x rays of Onor’s injured arm, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006 in Port au Prince, Haiti. Onor gave up the search on his own, and even with help it has taken weeks to find a hospital and doctor willing to see and treat him. Doctors estimate it will take roughly 4 to 6 months to properly treat Onor and it is still unclear if the UN has the capability to do so.


Ricardo, 11 years old, sleeps on the sidewalk where he now lives in front of the notorious Haiti General Hospital. He was forced to run away to the streets when the alcoholic man who took him in after his father died, began to beat him regularly with an extension cord. There are no enforced child abuse laws currently in Haiti. When found, Ricardo was very slugglish and barely conscious, suffered numerous boils, abrasions and lacerations to his body. He was unable to walk due to a large infected laceration to the bottom of his right foot.


Jordanian United Nations troops stand over Danni, an orpahned street child, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2006 in Port au Prince, Haiti. He is unable to answer questions asked him by the troops. Danni appears to have severe developmental problems and does not speak in the local Kreyol, but rather a sing-songish gibberish. Humanitarian and international charities estimate as many as 7,000 children living on the streets of Port au Prince.


Max, left, and Emanuel, right, pick through garbage looking for scrap metal to sell Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006 in Port au Prince, Haiti. The children can generally earn enough money to buy one meal a day.


Young girls on their way to school pass a sleeping street child who has worked all night, Monday, Nov. 6, 2006 in Port au Prince, Haiti. Human rights groups and international aid agencies say there are an estimated 7,000 children living on the streets of Port au Prince.

Young boys sleep in an alcove near Pidgeon Park June 25, 2006 in Port au Prince Haiti. For safety reasons children living on the sreets often seek out dark or hidden places in Port au Prince.


Colombe, a 14-year male prostitute, right, works the streets of the Petionville neighborhood of Port au Prince, Haiti , June 25, 2006. Children sometimes turn to prostitution as a way to survive while living on the streets.

Lipiwo, 15 years old, cautiously peers into a car window to hear someone that has stopped to solicit him. Exploitation of these children is common. Their hunger and misery make them easy targets for those willing to abuse them.


Pictured are two street children who have both suffered attacks to their faces with broken bottles, Monday, Nov.6, 2006 in Port au Prince, Haiti. Children living on the streets of Port au Prince are always at risk of violence at the hands of adults, other street children and even the police.


Haitian National Police targeting a fleeing young street kid during a "street cleaning" operation.


Genel Valbroun, 12 years old. Said that he had been shot in the back by black uniformed police wearing masks at noon on Rue Tiremasse. The exit wound can be seen on his right hip. Ginel stated that he had no parents and that he slept in the street.


Haitian Street Kids social worker Mike Brewer prepares an antibiotic for Bebetto, Monday, Nov. 6, 2006 at a brothel in Port au Prince, Haiti. Bebetto was attacked with a broken bottle and his wound was sutured but has since begun to bleed again and will require antibiotics. Like many street children, Bebetto earns enough money to feed himself through prostitution.

Bebetto receiving antibiotic injections at a brothel in the Petionville section of Port au Prince, Haiti.

Mike Brewer, left, hands destroyed syringes to a pimp, right, as street child Bebetto, center, looks on , Monday, Nov. 6, 2006 at a brothel in Port au Prince, Haiti.


Bebetto applies a bandaid to his face where he was attacked with a broken bottle, Monday, Nov. 6, 2006 at a street side cafe in Port au Prince, Haiti. Bebetto’s wound was sutured but has since begun to bleed again and will require antibiotics. Like many street children, Bebetto earns enough money to feed himself through prostitution.


Two street children fight over a can of food, Thursday, Nov 2, 2006 in Port au Prince, Haiti. Children living on the streets are generally able to scrape together enough money to buy a small meal every day or so.

A street orphan displays a knife Monday, Nov. 6, 2006 in Port au Prince, Haiti. Children living on the streets of Port au Prince are always at risk of violence at the hands of adults, other street children and even the police.



Richard holds his only possesion, a toy truck, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, in Port au Prince, Haiti. According to human rights groups and international aid agencies there an estimated 7,000 children living on the streets of Porta au Prince


Street children enjoy a meal provided by Haitian Street Kids (HSKI), an independently run organization that meets the most basic medical and nutritional needs of children living on the streets, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006 in Port au Prince, Haiti.

Street child Don Canal, left, is wary while Max, right, is playful after eating a meal Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006 in Port au Prince, Haiti.

Don Canal slams shut a car door after an altercation with a woman Friday Oct. 3, 2006 in Port au Prince, Haiti. Street children are on the lowest rung of the social classes and are often scorned or worse.

Two street kids sit in the Haitian Street Kids safe-house in Port au Prince Haiti, June 22, 2006. With funding dried up, the HSK safe-house has been without food or water for 4 days and is near collapse.

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