Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Glue sniffing street children in Nairobi

The excellent One World site has a report on the problem of children sniffing glue in Kenya's capital.

The Advocacy Project reports the shocking statistic that an estimated 60,000 children live on the streets of Nairobi, and almost all are addicted to some sort of inhalant.

The Project adds that Part of the problem is that the laws on inhalants are enforced less strictly than those regulating other drugs, such as marijuana. Anyone who sells an inhalant to a minor, knowing that it will be abused, is subject to three years in prison. But there has not been a single recorded arrest.

A Fellow for The Advocacy Project is keeping a blog of his work in this area.

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