Street children and political violence: a socio-demographic analysis of street children in Rwanda

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dc.contributor.author Veale, Angela
dc.contributor.author Dona, Giorgia
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-01T11:55:58Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-01T11:55:58Z
dc.date.issued 2003-01-14
dc.identifier.citation Veale, A. and Donà, G. (2003) 'Street children and political violence: a socio-demographic analysis of street children in Rwanda', Child Abuse & Neglect, 27(3), pp. 253-269. doi: 10.1016/S0145-2134(03)00005-X en
dc.identifier.volume 27 en
dc.identifier.issued 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 253 en
dc.identifier.endpage 269 en
dc.identifier.issn 0145-2134
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7422
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/S0145-2134(03)00005-X
dc.description.abstract Objective: The aims were: (1) to examine the profile of African street children and to assess the link between street children in Africa and political violence; (2) to undertake a systematic examination of causal factors of street children in postgenocide Rwanda; and (3) to situate this analysis in the context of the socio-cultural and political impact of the genocide on Rwandan communities. Method: Observational mapping examined the profile and activities of Rwandan street children. Structured interviews were carried out with 290 children in four regional towns to obtain information on socio-demographic, familial, educational background, causal factors surrounding street life involvement, psychological well-being, and relationship to the street. Focus group discussions and key informant interviews examined the relationship between street children and the broader Rwandan society. Results: Street children in Rwanda were predominantly adolescent boys, almost half of whom were homeless (42%), with a high proportion of orphaned children or children who had lost at least one parent. Two variables predicted homelessness: child’s guardian and reason for being in street. Qualitative accounts of children conveyed the impact of death of family members, repatriation, imprisonment of parents, and poverty on their lives. Conclusions: The analysis highlighted the need for community based support for children in alternative guardianship care and for policies to support the reintegration of male youths in postconflict welfare strategies as prevention strategies for street migration. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
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dc.rights © 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ en
dc.subject Street children en
dc.subject Africa en
dc.subject Political violence en
dc.subject Demographic profile en
dc.subject Rwanda en
dc.title Street children and political violence: a socio-demographic analysis of street children in Rwanda en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Angela Veale, Applied Psychology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: a.veale@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2019-02-01T11:51:31Z
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Child Abuse & Neglect en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress a.veale@ucc.ie en


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