Nicole Simeon, Journalist, Port-au-Prince.
“My name is Bertha. I was very young when I began my life on the streets. I wandered all over town looking for a better life and freedom. I have had three children in the streets for three different fathers. One is dead, a little girl. The parents of the father of Alain, the eldest child, have taken charge of him since the death of their son. Jean, who is only one month old, lives with me. To live in the streets is difficult, even when you’re alone. With a child it is much harder. Since Jean’s birth, I stopped all my activities. I wait till he turns three months before I return to the streets to continue surviving.”
This is the testimony of a street girl in Cap-Haitien, the second city of Haiti located at 252 kilometers North of the capital.
She is better known by her nickname “Set dwet” (7 fingers) because of a birth handicap, she said.
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