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A Documentary on the Plight of Jakarta’s Street Children

In 2010, Al Jazeera filmed a documentary on the issues, dangers and lives of street children and their families living in Jakarta.

Aris Merdeka Sirait from the National Commission for Child Protection said that;

It is the Government and society’s responsibility, not to look at them [street children] as criminals, but to look at them as victims. Victims of dysfunctional families and of rampant poverty.

Together Jakarta’s community needs to continue working together for the good of the people. Street children do not deserve to be treated as delinquents and social misfits, they are victims of the life they have been born into.

Sahabat Anak continues to provide free education to street children in an attempt to break the poverty cycle and help them aim for a better life away from the streets.

Please take the time to watch this video and to learn more about the problems  facing Jakarta’s urban poor.

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