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By Tobias Hecht

Via cutting edge fieldwork and ethnographic writing, Hecht lays naked the got truths concerning the lives of Brazilian highway young children. This publication adjustments the phrases of the controversy, asking no longer why there are such a lot of homeless little ones in Brazil yet why - given the oppressive substitute of domestic lifestyles within the shantytowns - there are actually so few. conversing in recorded periods that contributors known as "radio workshops," highway young ones requested each other questions that even the main skilled researchers will be not likely to pose. on the heart of this research are youngsters who play, scouse borrow, sleep, dance, and die within the streets of a Brazilian urban. yet throughout them determine activists, politicians, researchers, "home" teenagers, and an international situation of youth.

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I told her my story, she took me into her 2 7 At Home in the Street house, gave me a cup of hot coffee and bread, and asked me if I wanted to live there. I told her I did. I spent two months helping her, but then she died. She lived alone and when she died, her son, who lived somewhere else, came to tell me to leave. He gave me a ticket and stuck me on a bus and made me go away. I only ran away from home because of my stepfather. He beat me with a wire cable, left me all cut up, then he threw water and a kilo of salt on me.

She had come. I didn't even have any fun that time. I just got to Recife, went to the beach, took a dip, and then I was at home. The ninth time I hung out in the street, and my mother found me again. I was in the city sniffing glue and that's when she found out I used glue. She started crying and said, "Don't do that" and stuff. Tobias: How did you feel? Edivaldo: I felt like a dog because I was wrong. Tobias: What about the tenth time you ran away? Edivaldo: If you keep on asking one by one 111 miss lunch!

While I was there I saved up all the money I earned. I didn't spend anything. I slept there and when the man went away I poured a little glue into a bottle. In the morning I'd go to the bread shop and buy some milk [and then drink it] to cover up the stench. When my mother came I had more money than she did. I paid for my bus ticket back and hers too and there was even a little money left over. The eighth time was when I went to swim at the beach. I 31 At Home in the Street jumped off a diving board and hit my head on a rock that was under water.

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