Peter, called Massai is a boy at Riverside. One of the other boys was trying to take his glue, and they pushed him into the fire. He burnt his bare feet, and was lying,doubled over, screaming “Why, why, why”. the government official came and beat him with a stick, because he wouldn’t be quiet. Here, one of the other boys is trying to comfort him.
The boys, who live downtown at a place called Riverside (near the Nairobi River, in Nairobi Kenya) burn tires to keep warm, and to gather the metal remains to give to the Ministry of Environment.
(22 July 2009)
post scriptum: massai has been in a goverment rehabilitation center for the last eight months. they boys say conditions are very bad there, with very little food, and many cruel beatings. most boys are able to escape quickly, but massai has remained there.