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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ukraine's street children

What follows is a look into the world of street children living on the dangerous and poor streets of Odessa, Ukraine. To tell about the life of street children and raise money for them, “Fund to Fight AIDS” got in touch with the photographer David Gillanders. David visited Ukraine to make a photo essay on children homeless. It should be noted that David managed to earn the trust of children and enter into their circle. His work has deeply touched the Europeans and forced many funds to draw attention to the problems of children and their needs.

In February-March 2010 by David Gillanders and broadcaster Rasmus Paulsen’s turned out a new opportunity to visit Ukraine and to assess the current situation. They spent 2 weeks in Odessa in the range of a small group of street children.

In the south of Odessa on the street of Marshal Zhukov, a small group of 7 inhabited street in the basement of high-rise. To get to their shelter can only be through the vent, through which even the children have to squeeze through. They are connected to the electrical panels in the house that the basement could include a small lamp and use the electric stove. To keep warm, they are pressed against the pipeline, which runs hot water. All seven people infected with HIV every day take dru*s. They mix with the remedy for cough tablets and water to the state of the brown masses, and then filter it and get a yellowish liquid that and inject. To get a regular amount of money these kids steal, beg and collect scrap metal.

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