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Prevalence, Abuse & Exploitation of Street Children

In the first decade of the 21st Century

The Maldives

In late December 2004, a major tsunami left more than 100 dead, 12,000 displaced, and property damage exceeding $300 million. As a result of the tsunami, the GDP contracted by about 4.6% in 2005.

Government spending on social needs, subsidies, and civil servant salaries have created a large budget deficit and inflation has picked up sharply, reaching nearly 13% in October 2008 due to high oil and food prices. Diversifying beyond tourism and fishing, reforming public finance, and increasing employment are the major challenges facing the government. [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]


CAUTION:  The following links and accompanying text have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Maldives. 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 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, February 25, 2009

[accessed 10 February 2020]

CHILDREN - Education is not compulsory, but there was universal access to free primary education.

What crimes have these children committed?

Mohamed Shaheeb and Moosa Latheef, Huvaas Special Report, 26 December 2001

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 19 June 2011]

Fareeda's crime was using drugs, and she was sentenced to six years imprisonment. Her child, Niusha is now one year old. The girl has barely taken her first steps, and she needs decent food and a free environment so her brain and body can develop. However she was forced to go to prison along with her mother. At the age of one, what crime has Niusha committed that she has to be in prison? Niusha isn't the only one facing this problem. Although there aren't many in this sort of situation, other Maldivian children ar90

e in similar circumstances. There are children growing up in prison because of the criminal convictions of their mothers. It is known that at present there are about half a dozen children in prison with their mothers who are serving gaol sentences. The age of the children ranges from six months to six years. These children have to sleep on the same mattresses with their mothers and use the same toilets as the other inmates. They receive milk and baby food. One of the children is disabled.

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