KENT KLICH   Street Children in Mexico City


Mimí begging
with Niño and Kiko

"Sometimes I can't help thinking that I would live better in jail than here on the streets. Before I was put in jail everybody told me that in jail you got beaten and raped. But they treated me good. Look at me now, I live dirty and alone. The little boys bring me food from time to time. In jail I got food three times a day, could watch TV, had my own bed and clean clothes." Mimí was sentenced to prison for being involved in a homocide. While in jail she became pregnant. Her son was simply called el Nino, the Child.

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Los Lobos de Moctezuma

When the children hear the train coming, they run outside the shed, jumping onto the platforms between the cars. The most courageous children hang upside down from the ironbars along the sides of the wagons. The slow-moving freight moves ponderously on followed by the dogs barking like crazy.

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Travieso and Niño

In 1986, when I took the first photographs in this series I saw very few infants and small children living on the streets. Since then society has tacitly accepted the fact that the streets have become a place of dwelling, inhabited by people of all ages. The children of the street children are the first generation.

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Muletas crawls on all fours
to the store on Plaza Garibaldi

Muletas crawls on all fours to the store on Plaza Garibaldi. Not all the children working on the streets are street children. Indian children, for example, are always together with their parents and leave when darkness falls to go home with their family.

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Karateca and Kiko

Karateca left home when he was eleven years old because his stepmother treated him badly. Karateca asked his father to choose between him and the woman. His father chose the woman.