Paraguay's youth at risk of addiction and homelessness

According to the Fides news service, 90% of Paraguayan children living on the streets are dependent on narcotics. This fact emerged from a study by the National Secretariat for Childhood and Adolescence called Integral Assistance Program for children, street children and adolescents.

It appears that 90% of Paraguay's children between 12 and 16 years of age who are homeless and living in vulnerable situations have addiction problems and end up breaking up family ties to live on the street. Many resort to prostitution or standing at street corners to clean car windows in order to survive.

In recent months there has been an even greater number of children who sleep in the streets, markets and other places in Asunción, the capital city. The analysis showed the harsh reality of  drug use among young people and their refusal to undergo detoxification. According to the coordinators of the program, these addicted and homeless children and young people gather in the central square of Asuncion, which is known as a marketplace for narcotics and illicit activities. 



Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

Filed under politics, paraguay, addiction, youth, morality, human rights, catholic, South America

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