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At 14 Larpopo has already lost her childhood. Since her parents left, she cares for her four siblings, two of them have special needs. One day after she finished cooking breakfast something unbearable happened.
When you’re only seven and living in poverty, life is hard. But when you then become an orphan, it’s unimaginable. Eyerus and Meseret’s elder sister Mekdes stepped in to look after them after their mother died. But how was a 16 year old meant to provide for them?
Marlon is a fighter. He has already survived a horrific accident which left him with terrible burns. But that was only the beginning of what he had to face. It was what happened afterward that shattered his heart and threatened his future.
Brayan has worked in child labour. He sold tortillas on the street to provide for his family. He was robbed by a man one day and escaped with his life. He’s desperate to go to school and be a kid. But his family need him on the street.
Sources: WHO, UNICEF, UNDP, ILO, Duke Global Health Institute