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Venezuelan children forced to work in the streets to survive

Caracas, Oct 13 (EFE) .- The lack of public policies regarding the protection of children’s rights in Venezuela has resulted in the violation of the rights of minors, many of whom are forced to go out to school. streets to work and get a daily living, say organizations and experts.

The most recent Survey on Living Conditions (Encovi) -a study prepared by the Andrés Bello Catholic University (UCAB), which collects figures on the situation in the Caribbean country- determined that 94.5% of Venezuelans live below the poverty threshold and that educational coverage dropped to 65%, 5 points less than in the 2019-2020 measurement.

And although there are no official figures on childhood in Venezuela, the situation of children in homes considered poor is palpable on the streets of Caracas, where groups of up to 20 minors are concentrated at traffic lights, juggling or cleaning windows of vehicles to earn between $ 3 and $ 6 a day.

According to the coordinator of the NGO Community Learning Centers (Cecodap), Carlos Trapani, the lack of data in this regard makes it difficult to know the problem precisely and in depth.

“Data on children are not available (…) as we do not have disaggregated, updated and reliable data, we cannot identify the magnitude and scope of the problem of street children,” Trapani explained to Efe.

“PLURIOFENSIVE REALITY”

Eddy Blanco, 19, who has worked on the streets since he was 16, told Efe that he made the decision to do so to help his family and ensure “that nothing is missing in the house.”

Blanco never imagined cleaning car windows to “survive” because he wanted to be an athlete, but he firmly says that he would rather “work than steal.”

“Here, sometimes, they come at us with insults, with rudeness, they take out firearms, but what are we going to do … We have to lower our heads and continue working,” said the young man when asked about the dangers to that children are exposed in the streets.

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