Ethiopian Journal of Development Research

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The Lived Experiences of Street Children in Addis Ababa: Challenges and Coping Strategies

Taglo Kassa


This study explored the lived experiences of children living in the streets of Addis Abeba, and their challenges and coping strategies. Semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions were conducted with eight children who lived in the streets and experienced challenges in the absence of basic necessities. A phenomenological approach was employed to uncover the experiences of these children. Results revealed that street children faced challenges including, prejudice, harassment, insecurity, suicide ideation, and declining selfesteem. Coping strategies included avoidance, alliance, spirituality, escaping, shifting, and engagement in income-earning activities.
Based on the findings of the study, practical and theoretical implications were discussed and suggestions for future research were made.

Keywords: challenges, coping, phenomenology, street children, lived  experiences, Addis Ababa

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