12-years-old and homeless: Sonia's story

Jan 01, 2016
10-Minute Read
Alone and hungry

Sonia is so young and all alone. Her parents had no choice but to leave her while they went to a far-away village to look for work. So she works long hours every day, carrying clay bricks, working in fields or collecting firewood, hoping to make enough money for a few vegetables. Some days she’s successful, but there are many times when she eats nothing for days. And when she’s finished with her grueling day, there’s no true rest for Sonia. She’s homeless and sleeps wherever she can, covered only in a thin sheet. Recently, she’s been unable to see at night – a symptom of malnutrition – and fears going blind altogether. Not to mention all the other reasons a girl on her own has to be afraid of.
 
A young 12-year-old girl stands and carries a heavy stone on her head.
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