MEET the Kids

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From 3 to 25 years of age, each of the ‘kids’ has a unique story filled with abandonment, brokenness, and addiction. They all come from far-reaching villages and towns, but they’ve landed at the Tenali (Andhra Pradesh) train station to form a pseudo-family of those who are abandoned or orphaned.

While a number of these so-called ‘youngsters’ are in their early 20s (and doing their best to grow a mustache that any Indian man would be proud of), most of them have been living without parents for over a decade. Over 50% of the ‘family’ is HIV positive, and 100% of them are addicted to chewing tobacco, huffing ‘whitener’, or taking injections of a drug which none of them are able to identify.

Lakshmi

Lakshmi has experienced heart-breaking abuse at the hands of her ex-husband.

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Polayya

Polayya and his 7 year old sister were forced to beg for money by their alcoholic parents.

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Reddy

Reddy has been living on the streets for over a decade.

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Geetha

Geetha has been married multiple times at the young age of 20.

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Nagaraju

Nagaraju prefers to live on the railway than at home with his mother and father

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Koteswari

To escape abuse, she took her little brother and boarded a train.

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Yellapah

Yellapah has a rock star personality and a smile to match.

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Chillipadi

Chillipadi is a heavy drug user who both huffs “whitener” and uses injections.

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Baachir

Baachir is the current husband of Lakshmi.

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Mark

Mark has the biggest smile among the family of kids living at the Tenali railway station.

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P. Gopi

P. Gopi has an awkward playfulness that filled with smiles, energy, and life.

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Hussen

Like many young men in India, Hussen is quite proud of his mustache.

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Aadamma and Yesu

Aadamma is the mother of Yesu, 3 years old, and they survive by begging along the railway.

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Abdullabi

Abdullabi is a Muslim living on the streets among his Hindu friends.

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Narendra

Narendra survives by selling tobacco, stickers, and keychains to passengers along the railway.

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Yesu

Yesu is fascinated by monkeys, including Agea, who is fiercely protective of him.

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Nani

Nani lost his left arm in a train accident, but he continues to jump trains to sell tobacco to travellers.

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Raja

Raja is the oldest member of the family, and he’s been living on the railway for well over a decade.

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Nageswararao

Nageswararao is playful, yet awkward, among the group due to his mental disabilities.

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Siva

Siva lives at the Tenali railway station with his brother, Yellapah.

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Kiran

After losing his right leg, Kiran continues to jump trains in order to beg…now with his prosthetic leg.

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Ramu

Ramu keeps in touch with friends via a cellphone that he pays for by begging.

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Sekar

Sekar lost the lower portion of his left leg in a train accident, and he walks with a prosthetic leg that is missing the foot.

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Gopi

Gopi sustained an injury to the left side of his face which impacts his ability to speak clearly and smile.

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