Friendship on the Streets: Street Children and Youth in Three African Cities

Janine Hunter (Lead / Corresponding author), Lorraine van Blerk, Wayne Shand

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•The absence of family and other stable adult relationships increases the importance of friendships as a way to cope with the difficulties of life on the street.
•Friends are a source of protection, knowledge, comfort and practical support, which enable children and youth to meet their basic needs and to respond to the problems they experience.
•Friendships can falter or become exploitative where young people are competing for money, food or sexual relationships.
•Relationships change as young people get older and they take on other responsibilities, such as caring for children.
Original languageEnglish
TypeBriefing Paper
Media of outputOnline
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameGrowing up on the Streets: Briefing Papers


  • street children/youth
  • resilience

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