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There are 26,000 children living in street situations in Accra, Ghana. Children flock to the streets for a variety of reasons, but most seem to think that a life on the streets will offer them more alternatives than they find in their homes.

The North of Ghana is incredibly poor, and children, particularly girls are unlikely to even see the inside of a classroom simply because there are not enough facilities to accommodate them and their parents can not afford to send them. Girls travel to the streets of the southern cities in the belief that they will earn enough money to return home and either go to school or use the money as a dowry to be able to get married. The reality is quite different, children work for extremely long hours doing heavy labour, and are only paid a few pennies for their troubles. They become trapped in a cycle of living hand to mouth, girls frequently fall pregnant, and they are often unable to return home or access any form of education.

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