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A "Sad" Death of a Street child

A sad death? But stories of death will always be sad.

A death of a street child? Isn’t that common among street children? 

I met Avelle when I was still teaching the street children at the Drop-in Centre, she must have been about 5 or 6 years old then. She was a typical street girl; dirty, wearing a loose shirt, and stubborn. At first she refused to come to Children’s class then slowly started attending. 

Avelle’s parents were both street people. Sadly as is all too common, her parents separated, and no one was interested in looking after Avelle, so she was taken in by Gon and Ameg, another couple who were living on the street. She was not well looked after, but at least there was this couple who took her under their care. 

I saw a post on Facebook:

For the first two days, her adopted carer Ameg looked after her in the hospital, but she then abandoned her. The people in the other bed heard Ameg say that she doesn’t want to look after Avelle any more because she is naughty. People from CCM and CRBC kindly took turns to look after the poor girl in the hospital. 

Who would have sat with her and looked after her if these volunteers hadn’t? The updates on Facebook kept coming through:

Then two weeks later we heard the sad news - Avelle had died. The CCM Social worker said that the first diagnosis was pneumonia, then they said it was severe malnourishment. 

Was Avelle given proper health care in the hospital? 

Was she treated differently because she was a street child? 

Could they have saved her?

Nobody wanted to take Avelle’s body from the hospital. It would only incur costs. However CCM asked to take Avelle’s body. Sadly since they do not have legal custody, they were denied. The hospital said that Avelle will just be buried in a mass grave. 

Abandoned from when she was born - abandoned till she died. Is “sad” a strong enough adjective for such a story?