Do you know why they use the glue? I wanted to start a tirade of drug addiction but held my tongue. “It cuts the hunger. It dulls the misery.”one of the children said.
No matter the reason, no matter why the children are there, no child should have to live on the street, begging for scraps of food, fighting the bites of lice and mosquitoes, hiding to avoid beatings while restlessly spending a shivering night. What hope do they really have? A 500-shilling piece will buy ¼ of a loaf of white bread or a small bottle of glue. The bread fills their stomachs for a moment only dampening the screaming hunger. The glue satisfies hunger, cold, heartache and hopelessness.