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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
04-12-2002 11:00 pm Paris - Street children are the subject of a series of documentary films, discussions and a photo exhibition during a UNESCO event entitled Meeting the Street Children, organized at UNESCO Headquarters from December 11 to 13 by the Organization's Education of Children in Difficult Circumstances Programme, with the help of ESPPER (the Working Together for Projects and Programmes in Aid of Street Children Network of about 30 organizations around the world).
Documentaries will be shown about work carried out by groups helping children who live in the streets of Peru, India, Afghanistan, Romania, Madagascar, Mauritania, Senegal, Haiti, the Philippines, Guatemala, Cambodia and also France (in Paris). Each film will be followed by a discussion with the film-maker or representatives of the groups featured.

These organizations want to make their activities known and to raise public awareness of the problem of establishing dialogue with street children, treating them as individuals, and of the various ways of helping them rejoin society and find employment in their communities.

An exhibition of some 50 photos with captions will be held in the Ségur Hall from December 11 to 13 showing what the organizations are doing.

On December 11, the films focus on work conducted with street children in Dakar (Senegal), Lima (Peru) - El otro camino and Sin mirar atrás, by Eric Gaye-Bareyt; New Delhi (India) and Kabul (Afghanistan) - We Shared Salt and Bread, by Atiq Rahimi - as well as Europe (Paris and Bucarest).

On December 12, films will deal with street children and prostitution in Guatemala City (Enfance et prostitution au Guatemala, by Anne Pascal), Port-au-Prince (Haiti), Manila (Philippines) - Angels of the Night, by Christian Sterley; Phnom Penh (Cambodia) - Le Marché de la misère, by Gilles de Maistre; and Paris (France) - Les Enfants des rues à Paris: les enfants roumains, by Cyrille Devaud.

December 14 will feature four films about street children in Africa: Les enfants du soleil (by Pierre Boutaud) about Antananarivo and Antsirabe (Madagascar), Enfants des sables, enfants des rues about Nouakchott (Mauritania); Paroles d'enfants by Eric Guéret about Dakar (Senegal) ; and Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue (by Morocco's Nabil Ayouch) and two others about Nouakchott (Mauritania) and Senegal.

Source Media Advisory No.2002-61


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