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Street Children
Street Children

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Author: Andy Butcher
Subtitle: The Tragedy and Challenge of the Worlds Millions of Modern Day Oliver Twists
Format: Paperback
Length: 184 Pages
Published: 2013

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  • An estimated 100 million children fend for themselves on city streets around the world
  • 10 million of them are totally on their own, uncared for an unprotected
  • Thousands of children and adolescents in South America have been killed by death squads
  • A survey of UK runaways found that 1 in 4 had been sexually abused while on the streets
  • Almost 90 percent of street children in New York have been involved in prostitution at some time
These disturbing statistics are just a snapshot of the plight of street children in the world today. The result of extensive travel and research, this book combines hard statistics with individual stories to challenge our indifference and awaken our conscience.
When compared with the plight of homeless children as first revealed by Charles Dickens over a century ago in his classic novel Oliver Twist, it becomes tragically clear just how little progress has been made.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: A Stolen Inheritance
Chapter 1: Three Cities, Three Summits
Chapter 2: Saving Trees, Dying Children
Chapter 3: From Crusade to Revolution
Chapter 4: Streetwise and Stressed
Chapter 5: The Killing Grounds
Chapter 6: Bodies for Sale
Chapter 7: The Missing Mission
Chapter 8: The “Children or China” Choice
Chapter 9: “Don’t Lose the Little Ones”
Chapter 10: The Rescuers
Chapter 11: When Love Breaks Through
Chapter 12: The Tug of War
Afterword: Reaching Out

About the Author:

Andy Butcher is a freelance writer and editor. His award-winning career includes reporting for and editing newspapers and magazines, writing several books, and teaching on journalism and communications. Between them he and his wife, Marcia, have six children and three grandchildren. They worship at New Covenant Church in Winter Springs, Florida.