During the year there were reports that police periodically rounded up hundreds of street children and took them to a shelter in the  The Committee is concerned at the situation of children living and working on the streets and children living on their own and without proper housing in the hills.The Committee is concerned, inter alia, about the poor access of such children to health, education and other services, about reports that the number of children living or working on the streets is continuing to increase, and about the particular vulnerability of girls in these situations.
"My dream of a good job from which I would save money to help my sick mother and the other children was crashed as soon as I landed in that foreign land and all I wanted for those three years was to get back my freedom. At my lowest point Saudi Arabia all I thought about was death, I cared less about the crashing poverty back home," she said. To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.
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Burundi is a landlocked, resource-poor country with an underdeveloped manufacturing sector.
The economy is predominantly agricultural with more than 90% of the population dependent on subsistence agriculture.
On August 6, 2004, an American citizen was harassed by a group of street children. Government personnel and American citizens are advised to exercise caution while traveling on foot on either side of Boulevard de Shalom, at least 230 thousand children were HIV/AIDS orphans (had lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS).
While exiting a vehicle, a group of street children attempted to enter the American citizens vehicle. The ongoing conflict and increasing prevalence of HIV/AIDS has increased the number of orphans, which has resulted in an increase in the number of street children.
An ethnic-based war that lasted for over a decade resulted in more than 200,000 deaths, forced more than 48,000 refugees into Tanzania, and displaced 140,000 others internally.
Only one in two children go to school, and approximately one in 15 adults A spate of violent rapes in the capital in 2005 was blamed on street dwellers, prompting the government to round up all street children and house them in a local rehabilitation centre, but a few months later they were back on the streets.
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