IRIN Africa | SOMALIA: Poverty pushes Bosasso children on to streets | Horn of Africa | Somalia | Children Economy Governance Conflict | Feature

BOSASSO, 8 March 2010 (IRIN) – A long civil war, frequent droughts, unemployment and high food prices have led to an increase in the number of street children in Bosasso, the commercial capital of Somalia’s self-declared autonomous region of Puntland, with NGOs and government officials calling for urgent steps to resolve the problem.”In the past, most of the children on the streets of Bosasso were from south-central Somalia,” said Muse Ghele, governor of Bari region. “Now we are noticing more and more locals both from urban and rural areas.”Between 4,500 and 5,500 children are on Bosasso’s streets, according to the

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