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According to previous research, it is estimated that almost 13,000 unaccompanied youth ages12-24 experience homelessness in Washington each year.

Our question is who will take care of them? As a minor and because of family problems they leave their houses because they never had imagined what they will go through. But, who is going to guide them? Why is this even happening?

Let’s have a look at what problems they actually face?

· Poverty

· Drugs

· Emotional and sentimental problems(usually from family)

· Sexual Violence

· Bad company


In under-developed countries, poverty was the most common reason for youth being on the streets. It has been proved through many surveys. Extreme poverty anywhere is a threat to human security everywhere. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the state to have good control on the

a population so that, later on, youngsters do not go through hurdles and face death at a very young age.


In developed countries, the reason for youth dying on the streets is family conflict and it has been recently proved. Parents are trying to manage their pace with the fast running 21st-century world and want to earn so that they can get everything for their families but they forget that they have to give time to each other and of course to their children and this reason is behind every separated family. Once, a Chinese philosopher said “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”


Bullying, nowadays, is the most dominant reason. It has killed a lot of youth. When a child is being bullied, he/she finds no other way but to do drugs, and most of the time they think of suicide. Unless and until our society recognizes cyberbullying for what it is, the suffering of thousands of silent victims will continue.


When subject like drugs comes up, everybody’s mind gets the idea of young people using them. Teenagers use substances to satisfy a need or to serve a function. A drug may meet certain needs or desires through its effects (including pain relief and pleasurable feelings) or through the symbolism associated with its use (a sense of rebellion or feeling of belonging, for example). All substance-use decisions involve a weighing of benefits against risks as perceived by the individual. Young people use substances for many of the same reasons adults do (to relieve stress or heighten enjoyment). Using these substances leaves a very bad effect on one’s life and they become reckless. Their health issues can increase and without going to any rehabs and spending long cold nights may end their lives. So, there should always someone to help them so that they can get rid of their bad conditions and when they wake up from this recklessness they have a percipience and regret that their choice was bad.

In the end, young people become homeless for many complex reasons, but only rarely is it to seek excitement. This suggests that solutions to youth homelessness must address this complexity, and must also include a consideration of programs, services, and supports that might prevent or reduce youth homelessness in the first place.

Once mother Teresa quoted: “The poverty of being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty”

Just go through this quote and try to understand what she really wanted to convey.

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