THE PIRAÑITAS
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Pirañitas (little piranhas)

Children and youngsters living on the streets and riverbanks in Lima are called ‘pirañitas’. They get there after fleeing from from their homes, in which they were being abused physically, sexually or completely abandoned by their relatives. They leave hoping they will find a better life in the capital. Once there they meet other children living under the same circumstances and they organise themselves to survive: asking for charity, stealing and using violence, with the objective of getting money to subsist.
The majority of these kids become drug addicts (the sniffing glue is the most common drug due to its low price), the addiction being a way of evading the situation they have been born into. Some of them get to leave the streets thanks to the support of organisations such as CEDRO, and then move to residencies where educators provide help. Due to their strong addiction, their stay in residencies tends to be temporary and most of them prefer to return to the riverbanks and live their dreams of freedom.

This is a photographic work done in Rio Rymac in Lima and in a couple of children residencies run by CEDRO.

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