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According to the 2001 study “Children of the Sug: Full-time and working street children of Khartoum, Sudan”, an estimated 35,000 unaccompanied children were on the streets of Khartoum. A collaboration of international NGOs and UNICEF, the study showed that about 80 per cent had homes to return to at day’s end, while about 20 per cent were believed to spend both day and night on the streets. Children mainly took to the streets due to problems at home, parents without formal schooling, poverty and broken families.
The overall aim of this study is to provide information on the problems, challenges and risks faced by children working or living on the streets of Khartoum State. This information will in turn assist the project partners, the government of Sudan, and local NGOs in designing programs and taking action to mitigate the vulnerabilities of this group of children. Specifically, these research results should be used to identify appropriate strategies for preventive and curative interventions with street children.