It’s a hot afternoon and 17-year-old Nankesh is busy rummaging for scraps in the once bustling bylanes of South Delhi’s Nizamuddin area. Before the coronavirus pandemic, this part of the Indian capital saw scores of people commuting daily from the railway station nearby. They got with them plastic bottles and food wrappers, Nankesh’s source of livelihood. “Ragpicking here was never difficult. I had no money during the lockdown. Survival has never been this tough,” he says. Orphaned at a young age and living on the streets since then, Nankesh knows what survival means. “Coronavirus is for the rich, not for us. The poor have to work. I have no family, so I have nothing to worry about. I just want to earn my daily wage,” he says, as he continues work without a face mask. Read more: Child laborers caught between coronavirus and economic hardship Nankesh is one of the millions of children who live on the streets in India. They are among the most unprotected in the country as they don’t make it to national statistics. Many don’t have a legal existence or the documentation that entitles them to access basic services. They are often deemed as “invisible” children, despite… Read full this story
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