How did they get there?
The reality that there are LITERALLY millions of abandoned and homeless children living on the streets of cities in the Middle East is beyond our comprehension. Yet they are there. How did they get there?
Divorce and re-marriage
In this common scenario, children find themselves living in a new arrangement – their father living with a strange woman and/or their mother living with a strange man. Tragically in some cases, the new husband or new wife do not want to keep the strange-to-them children in the house.
With unspeakable coldness of heart, the children are kicked out of the house and into the streets…abandoned. Other times, the children are thrown into the streets in the morning with a command to make enough money to feed themselves before coming home; if they do not, they will spend the night on the street rather than facing a beating at home.
In other cases, the new husband agrees to live with the child/children, but only for the purpose of using them to make money or for his own sexual satisfaction.
Unloved and abused at home, such children of divorce and re-marriage “flee” to the streets.
Perhaps the most heart-rending of street children are those who have parents who love them, but they were kidnapped by human traffickers. Little boys and little girls are stolen, bought, and sold to make money for their captors…usually by prostitution. And these children are most often kidnapped from Christian homes.