Ross Kemp Meets The Glue Kids Of Kenya
29 September 10pm
10:47AM, Oct 03, 2008
our months after visiting the country on the trail of the Mungiki
gang, the actor returns to the town of Eldoret,
where an entire community of children were left orphaned by the
recent political violence and spend their lives scavenging from
rubbish dumps and engaging in solvent abuse
Travelling outside of Nairobi whilst filming Ross Kemp: A Kenya Special Ross learnt of the Street Kids of Eldoret's plight.
Witnessing the intolerable poverty in the town of Eldoret and meeting the teenage mothers, their children and the orphans who live on a rubbish dump, Ross learns that they are all addicted to glue.
"Those rubbish dumps will stay in my mind for the rest of my life," says Ross. "When a woman drops her child on its head and picks it up and puts a glue bottle in its mouth, those are the things that stay with you, to see that loss, that desperation." Ross continues, that "Viewers will definitely be disturbed seeing little kids sniffing glue which has been given to them by their teenage mothers who are addicted to solvents.”
Ross and the team meet Ex-Street, a local group of former street children who are working with Save The Children to lift these innocent children out of poverty, help ease their trauma and give them back a semblance of normal life by establishing programmes designed to address their immediate and long-term needs: food, shelter, clothes and schooling.
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Whilst filming Ross Kemp: A Kenya Special Ross visited the town of Eldoret, the scene of some of the most vicious fighting in the post election violence that rocked Kenya in early 2008.
It was here Ross witnessed scenes of unimaginable poverty and brutal violence and where he received his biggest shock when making the film. Ross discovered a community of children orphaned by the violence who are forced to scratch a living on a rubbish dump. These are the forgotten victims, forced to live a life of constant danger and hunger, dulled only by solvent abuse.
Click to donate to the Save The Children projects protecting street children in Kenya or please call 0800 8148148.
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