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VOA常速英语新闻:印度街头儿童编撰报纸儿童之声闻名于世

比目鱼 于2016-04-17发布 l 已有人浏览
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从贫困到童工,再到未成年婚姻问题,还有性虐待及毒品问题—印度最具影响力的儿童编撰报纸“儿童之声”从不缺乏这些残酷的现实话题。
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 From poverty to child labor, underage marriages, sexual abuse and drugs-there is no shortage of topics for Balaknama.

 
“When reports arrive and the team sits down to select the stories, lots of fights break out.They argue this story will have more impact than that story.So there's a lot of debates before the final selection goes to print.”
 
The newspaper has 70 reporters in several states, 14 of them reporting regularly from the capital.All of the writers, editors and managers are homeless children.
 
“I used to beg, do drugs and sometimes go rag picking.Then I learnt about Balaknama and began to work for it.First I was a junior reporter, then a reporter and now I'm all set to become the editor.”
 
Many of the children have jobless and illiterate parents.As budding reporters they now earn money and many are enrolled in distance learning programs that may help advance their careers.
 
“What I couldn't do, at least my daughter is doing.She's helping others and she's also helping us.”
 
The monthly eight-page newspaper began in 2002 as a quarterly.It has changed the lives of the children who publish it and aims at improving the livelihood of thousands of others.It is supported by NGOs and charity groups.
 
“They feel very empowered and encouraged when people appreciate them, and when they talk to the authorities with the confidence, and also before the media…I think this is a really powerful tool to empower them.”
 
The newspaper is sold for about three cents, less than the price of a small cup of tea in India.But the modest sum gives these children hope for a future off the streets.
 
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