Friday, September 05, 2014

The danger in staying safe

In recent months I have been writing about the incredible dangers that Hanoi's street kids face: in particular, the danger of being trafficked and sexually exploited.

So far this week, Blue Dragon's Street Outreach team has met 3 new homeless boys. Two have already been sexually abused, and are now in our care.

The third has managed to avoid the traffickers and pedophiles by living on a bridge, in a hiding spot so dangerous that even our Outreach staff were afraid when they went to see... And given the dangers that our Outreach staff routinely face, that really says something.

Below are some pictures to tell the story better than words can.

This first photo is a view over the side of the bridge, looking down at the entrance to the hiding spot, about 8 metres above the river. 

And this is a shot taken inside the 'living quarters' where 3 or 4 homeless kids have been living.

To escape the dangers on the streets, the kids are hiding in places that put their lives at very great risk. This is a terrible situation, and one that we cannot sit back and accept.

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