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  • Children on the move – Ethiopia.

    Tamene*, 14 years old, playing with other boys at a shelter for street children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has been at the centre for two months and will be reunited with his family in a week.

     

    Tamene*, 14 years old, playing with other boys at a shelter for street children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has been at the centre for two months and will be reunited with his family in a week.

     

    There are thousands of children on the move in Ethiopia today, many of them without their parents.

     

    Save the Children works with local partners and the government to improve and expand shelters for children on the move like this one in Addis Ababa. With funding from the IKEA Foundation, thanks to the Let’s play for change campaign, Save the Children is also addressing the underlying causes, raising awareness in rural communities about the dangers of child migration., this work is already making a difference.

     

    *Name has been changed.

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    Ethiopia, 2017

    Save the Children

    Nikon D5
    Nikkor 24-70mm lens,
    1/320s at f/6.3

  • Children on the move – Ethiopia.

    Boys playing at a shelter for street children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

     

    Boys playing at a shelter for street children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

     

    There are thousands of children on the move in Ethiopia today, many of them without their parents.

     

    Save the Children works with local partners and the government to improve and expand shelters for children on the move like this one in Addis Ababa. With funding from the IKEA Foundation, thanks to the Let’s play for change campaign, Save the Children is also addressing the underlying causes, raising awareness in rural communities about the dangers of child migration.

     

    Along with counselling, play is an important part of the centre’s work, preparing the boys for a life away from the streets.

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    Ethiopia, 2017

    Save the Children

    Nikon D5
    Nikkor 14-24mm lens,
    1/160s at f/6.3

  • Children on the move – Ethiopia.

    Tesfanesh*, nine years old, playing table tennis with her friends at a shelter for street children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

     

    There are thousands of children on the move in Ethiopia today, many of them without their parents.

     

    Save the Children works with local partners and the government to improve and expand shelters for children on the move like this one in Addis Ababa. With funding from the IKEA Foundation, thanks to the Let’s play for change campaign, Save the Children is also addressing the underlying causes, raising awareness in rural communities about the dangers of child migration.

     

    Along with counselling, play is an important part of the centre’s work, preparing the girls for a life away from the streets and allowing them to be children again.

     

    *Name has been changed.

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    Ethiopia, 2017

    Save the Children

    Nikon D5
    Nikkor 70-200mm lens,
    1/200s and 1/250 at f/2.8

  • Children on the move – Ethiopia.

    Shalom*, 10 years old, watches as her friends play table tennis at a shelter for street children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

     

    There are thousands of children on the move in Ethiopia today, many of them without their parents.

     

    Save the Children works with local partners and the government to improve and expand shelters for children on the move like this one in Addis Ababa. With funding from the IKEA Foundation, thanks to the Let’s play for change campaign, Save the Children is also addressing the underlying causes, raising awareness in rural communities about the dangers of child migration.

     

    Along with counselling, play is an important part of the centre’s work, preparing the girls for a life away from the streets and allowing them to be children again.

     

    *Name has been changed.

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    Ethiopia, 2017

    Save the Children

    Nikon D5
    Nikkor 70-200mm lens,
    1/1000s at f/2.8

  • Children on the move – Ethiopia.

    When Selam*, 16 years old, got off the bus in Addis Ababa things did not turn out the way she had hoped.

     

    She had run away from an abusive father and a mother that ignored her. She heard that it was possible to get money, working as a domestic worker, in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. After an especially severe beating, she took the money a neighbour had offered her earlier, and bought a ticket for the bus.

     

    “I was confused and crying. It wasn’t planned well, I just got on the bus,” Selam says.

     

    At the bus station, she was immediately spotted by staff that had been trained in child protection by Save the Children and she was taken to the shelter for girls run by Save the Children’s partner organisation Retrak. thanks to the Let’s Play for Change campaign, the centre now has the capacity to house 28 girls.

     

    *Name has been changed.

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    Ethiopia, 2017

    Save the Children

    Nikon D5
    Nikkor 24-70mm lens 1/640s at f/2.8 and Nikkor 50mm lens 1/160s at f/2

  • Children on the move – Ethiopia.

    Tirusew* is one of 28 boys in the shelter for street children run by Save the Children’s partner organisation Retrak in Addis Ababa – the capital of Ethiopia.

     

    Here, boys are given the opportunity to play, to catch up on their education and have a safe place to stay. Staff work to reunify the children with their families if possible, or to find guardians, so they can be reintegrated in their communities.

     

    Tirusew came from his village to the big city with a promise of work, money and a better life. Just like thousands of children coming to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. But it didn’t turn out the way he had planned and he ended up living on the streets.

     

    “I got money by washing cars. At the bus terminal you can get money, but sometimes you don’t get anything, not even food. When I didn’t find food, I spent the day sleeping.”

     

    Along with counselling, play is an important part of the centre’s work, preparing the boys for a life away from the streets.

     

    *Name has been changed.

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    Ethiopia, 2017

    Save the Children

    Nikon D5
    Nikkor 24-70mm lens,
    1/320s at f/2.8

  • Children on the move – Ethiopia.

    Security staff at the main bus station in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Thousands of children are on the move in Ethiopia today, many without their parents.

     

    It is a journey and a life that leaves the children vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Save the Children and partner organisations are training staff at bus stations around the country along the routes that children take, to recognise and be aware of the issue of children on the move.

     

    Staff that is trained in child protection identify children already at the bus stations so that police and social workers can intervene early to help and support children.

     

    With funding from the IKEA Foundation, thanks to the Let’s play for change campaign, more children can be supported and referred to shelters and in the end, be reunited with their parents or given other guardians.

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    Ethiopia, 2017

    Save the Children

    Nikon D5
    Nikkor 24-70mm lens,
    1/125s at f/2.8

  • Children on the move – Ethiopia.

    Seifmichael, is a social worker for Save the Children’s partner organisation MCDP. He has worked in and around the main bus station in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, for years.

     

    Many children who come to the city end up living on the streets around the station.

     

    “Many people, parents, traffickers, other children, give promises and say that life will be better in Addis. But that is not the case,” Seifmichael says. “Life on the street is dangerous, children face drug abuse, sexual abuse and beatings.”

     

    Thousands of children are on the move in Ethiopia today, many without their parents. It is a journey and a life that leaves the children vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

     

    With funding from the IKEA Foundation, thanks to the Let’s play for change campaign, more children can be supported and referred to shelters and in the end, be reunited with their parents or given other guardians.

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    Ethiopia, 2017

    Save the Children

    Nikon D5
    Nikkor 24-70mm lens,
    1/320s at f/2.8

  • Children on the move – Ethiopia.

    Hullubanchi Tafesse (right), is the gender and children’s affairs constable in Arba Minch, southern Ethiopia.

     

    “Many children are travelling with so-called brokers. We sometimes know who they are, but it is hard to bring all of them to justice. With limited resources, we try our best,” Hullubanchi says.

     

    There is a temporary shelter for children at the police station. It is far from ideal, with only two small rooms that boys and girls can stay in and no dedicated staff at night.

     

    Save the Children is working with local partners and police to improve temporary shelters for children on the move. They also work on the underlying causes, raising awareness in rural communities about the dangers of child migration. With funding from the IKEA Foundation, this work is already making a difference.

     

    On the left, Yancha*, 10 years old, is playing with staff from Save the Children’s partner organisation MCDP. He has been at the temporary shelter for three weeks.

     

    Thousands of children are on the move in Ethiopia today, many without their parents. It is a journey and a life that leaves the children vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

     

    With funding from the IKEA Foundation, thanks to the Let’s play for change campaign, Save the Children is also addressing the underlying causes, raising awareness in rural communities about the dangers of child migration.

     

    *Name has been changed.

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    Ethiopia, 2017

    Save the Children

    Nikon D5
    Nikkor 24-70mm lens 1/100s at f/2.8 and 1/200s at f/2.8

  • Children on the move – Ethiopia.

    Buses at the main bus station in Arba Minch, a transport hub in southern Ethiopia. Thousands of children are on the move in Ethiopia today, many without their parents.

     

    It is a journey and a life that leaves the children vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Save the Children and partner organisations are training staff at bus stations around the country along the routes that children take, to recognise and be aware of the issue of children on the move.

     

    Staff that is trained in child protection identify children already at the bus stations so that police and social workers can intervene early to help and support children.

     

    With funding from the IKEA Foundation, thanks to the Let’s play for change campaign, more children can be supported and referred to shelters and in the end, be reunited with their parents or given other guardians.

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    Ethiopia, 2017

    Save the Children

    Nikon D5
    Nikkor 24-70mm lens,
    1/250s at f/4

  • Children on the move – Ethiopia.

    Wudnesh Kata, a nurse at a temporary shelter for children in Chencha, plays a board game. Play is an important part of life at the shelter, it helps children engage with each other and staff.

     

    The shelter in Chencha, outside Arba Minch in southern Ethiopia takes in children that are found at bus stations on their own. Save the Children works with local partners and the government to improve and expand shelters for children on the move like this one in Chencha.

     

    With funding from the IKEA Foundation, thanks to the Let’s play for change campaign, Save the Children is also addressing the underlying causes, raising awareness in rural communities about the dangers of child migration.

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    Ethiopia, 2017

    Save the Children

    Nikon D5
    Nikkor 24-70mm lens 1/1320s at f/2.8 and 1/100s at f/2.8

  • Children on the move – Ethiopia.

    Dita district, in a mountainous part of southern Ethiopia, is an area where many children migrate from. Most of the children on the move in Ethiopia today come from areas like this.

     

    Poverty and lack of knowledge about the dangers of migration and reality of the life that children face on their own in bigger cities, are reasons why many parents send their children. Peer pressure, violence and neglect at home also make children decide to leave home. It is a journey and a life that leaves the children vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

     

    Save the Children works with local partners and the government to improve and expand shelters for children on the move. With funding from the IKEA Foundation, thanks to the Let’s play for change campaign, Save the Children is also addressing the underlying causes, raising awareness in rural communities about the dangers of child migration.

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    Ethiopia, 2017

    Save the Children

    Nikon D5
    Nikkor 24-70mm lens,
    1/800s at f/4.5

  • Children on the move – Ethiopia.

    Ashebir Bolla is a weaver in Dita district in southern Ethiopia. Ashebir’s son Esayas just disappeared one day two years ago.

     

    Many children from this mountainous area migrate to bigger cites close by – like Arba Minch – or to the capital Addis Ababa.

     

    “I didn’t send him away. Because, things were not good for him here, he disappeared,” Ashebir says. “I was in fear about where he was.”

     

    After a year away, Esayas returned. Life in the big city did not turn out the way he had planned. Instead of good work and money, he lived on the streets and was forced to work long hours for very little salary.

     

    Poverty and lack of knowledge about the dangers of migration and reality of the life that children face on their own in bigger cities together with peer pressure are reasons behind children’s migration.

     

    Save the Children works with local partners and the government to improve and expand shelters for children on the move. With funding from the IKEA Foundation, thanks to the Let’s play for change campaign, Save the Children is also addressing the underlying causes, raising awareness in rural communities about the dangers of child migration.

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    Ethiopia, 2017

    Save the Children

    Nikon D5
    Nikkor 24-70mm lens,
    1/160s at f/2.8

  • Children on the move – Ethiopia.

    Like so many boys in his village, Esayas was restless. School was difficult and it was hard to study in the small home.

     

    He saw other boys coming back from the big city to visit the village, wearing nice clothes and having money. They were excited about the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, so Esayas decided to try it out for himself.

     

    “My plan was to work in Addis Ababa for a long time, earn money so I could study,” Esayas explains. “When I first came there, I was excited. It was a new place, and I met friends to play with. I felt happy.”

     

    But Addis Ababa didn’t turn out to be a good place for a boy on his own. Esayas spent a month living and sleeping on the streets before he was able to find a place to stay and get a job as a weaver – a traditional type of work in the village he comes from. The hours were long, work was hard and the pay just enough to keep him fed and off the streets.

     

    Now he is home again, working with his father and going to school.

     

    Save the Children partners with local organisations and the government to increase awareness of the dangers that face children that migrate on their own.

     

    The funding from the IKEA Foundation – thanks to the Let’s Play for change campaign – also enables Save the Children to improve shelters for boys and girls, and support children like Esayas, who want to go home again.

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    Ethiopia, 2017

    Save the Children

    Nikon D5
    Nikkor 50mm lens,
    1/100s at f/2.2

  • Children on the move – Ethiopia.

    A bus negotiates the steep gravel road in the mountainous area outside Arba Minch district in southern Ethiopia. This is an area where many children migrate from.

     

    Most of the children on the move in Ethiopia today come from areas like this. Poverty and lack of knowledge about the dangers of migration and reality of the life that children face on their own in bigger cities, are reasons why many parents send their children. Peer pressure, violence and neglect at home also make children decide to leave home. It is a journey and a life that leaves the children vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

     

    Save the Children works with local partners and the government to improve and expand shelters for children on the move. With funding from the IKEA Foundation, thanks to the Let’s play for change campaign, Save the Children is also addressing the underlying causes, raising awareness in rural communities about the dangers of child migration.

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    Ethiopia, 2017

    Save the Children

    Nikon D5
    Nikkor 24-70mm lens,
    1/800s at f/4

  • Children on the move – Ethiopia.

    Save the Children and partner organisation staff discussing the I play, I learn and I’m safe programme at the bus station in Arba Minch, a main transport hub in southern Ethiopia.

     

    Thousands of children are on the move in Ethiopia today, many without their parents. It is a journey and a life that leaves the children vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Save the Children and partner organisations are training staff at bus stations around the country along the routes that children take, to recognise and be aware of the issue of children on the move.

     

    Staff that is trained in child protection identify children already at the bus stations so that police and social workers can intervene early to help and support children.

     

    With funding from the IKEA Foundation, thanks to the Let’s play for change campaign, more children can be supported and referred to shelters and in the end, be reunited with their parents or given other guardians.

    See more

    Ethiopia, 2017

    Save the Children

    Nikon D5
    Nikkor 24-70mm lens,
    1/50s at f/8