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Prevalence, Abuse & Exploitation of Street Children

In the first decade of the 21st Century

Great Socialist People's

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (Libya)

The Libyan economy depends primarily upon revenues from the oil sector, which contribute about 95% of export earnings, about one-quarter of GDP, and 60% of public sector wages.

Substantial revenues from the energy sector coupled with a small population give Libya one of the highest per capita GDPs in Africa, but little of this income flows down to the lower orders of society. [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

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CAUTION:  The following links and accompanying text have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Libya. Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false.  No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.



If you are looking for material to use in a term-paper, you are advised to scan the postings on this page and others to see which aspect(s) of street life are of particular interest to you. You might be interested in exploring how children got there, how they survive, and how some manage to leave the street. Perhaps your paper could focus on how some street children abuse the public and how they are abused by the public and how they abuse each other. Would you like to write about market children? homeless children? Sexual and labor exploitation? begging? violence? addiction? hunger? neglect? etc. There is a lot to the subject of Street Children. Scan other countries as well as this one. Draw comparisons between activity in adjacent countries and/or regions. Meanwhile, check out some of the Term-Paper resources that are available on-line.


Check out some of the Resources for Teachers attached to this website.

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Human Rights Reports 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

[accessed 9 February 2020]

CHILDREN - The government subsidized primary, secondary, and university education, and primary education was compulsory until age 15. According to a 2003 United Nation's Development Plan report, 96 percent of school‑age children attended primary school, and most reached at least a 6th‑grade level. Only 53 percent of girls and 71 percent of boys attended secondary school. The government subsidized medical care, and improved the welfare of children; however, general economic mismanagement led to a low standard in medical services.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 6 June 2003

[accessed 18 February 2011]

[45] In addition to the de facto age of criminal responsibility of 7 years, which is much too low, the Committee is concerned that:

(b) Status offences are criminalized (i.e. vagrant and street children may be placed in juvenile homes or other institutions);

Libya's HIV children get out to play

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies IFRC, 30 October 2003

[accessed 14 June 2011]

[accessed 23 December 2016]

Persuading society to accept children with HIV is a major challenge in Libya. Children with HIV face discrimination on all levels. Colleagues, neighbors, even family members avoid any contact with them.

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