28,000 Homeless Children Walk Moscow Streets

H. C. Covington -- I CAN America (icanamerica@email.msn.com)
Tue, 8 Jun 1999 04:10:33 -0500

From: "nikst" <nikst@orc.ru>
Subject: 28,000 Homeless Children Walk Moscow Streets
Date: 28 May 1999 00:00:00 GMT
Newsgroups: soc.culture.russian.moderated

28,000 Homeless Children Walk Moscow Streets.

MOSCOW, May 27 (Itar-Tass) -- There are 28,000 homeless children in Moscow
with 9,000 of them drug addicts, deputy of the Moscow city Duma Yevgeny
Balashov told here a press conference on Thursday. The press conference was
devoted to "Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency."

According to statistics, the homeless children mainly come to Moscow from
Ukraine, Moldavia and Azerbaijan. There is a steady upward tendency in the
number of HIV-infected homeless children and teenagers. Head of the
Reformatory Center for under-age law- breakers Yuri Lapshin said that almost
all the incoming children had health problems. Many of them have to be
treated for infectious diseases.

Many of the homeless children are intellectually gifted, and leave the
well-off children of the same age behind in maturity. Lapshin explained it by
the fact that those children had to adapt themselves to the difficult life
circumstances, and therefore grew up ahead of time. There are many
outstanding personalities among them, Lapshin noted.