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She was a kid, a teen, who should have been frolicking with chums in a swimming pool, instead of napping behind a bus stop.
Runaway? Maybe. If so, no "shelter" for her. She'd not been on the street long -- too little in her shopping cart, for that, unless she just prefers to travel light.
At least she has a blanket. It's necessary here in the desert, even in the summer. When it's 110 degrees, as it was this day, pavement temperatures can range between 130 and 180 and cause second degree burns.
The fast food water cup by her head had been drained; it was not "trash" that had rolled her way, but was rather an implement of survival which will probably be filled again soon.
Kids like her are the silent branch homeless community -- they blend in to street scenes well. Roughly 39% of the homeless population in the US are teens -- about 1.7 million of them.Vulnerable to assault, illness, and suicide, about 5,000 of them will lose their lives this year.
A portion of net profit from the sale of this digitally edited street photograph will be donated to the Tumbleweed Center For Youth Development which provides basic needs for homeless and at-risk youth.
July 14th, 2013
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