Fly away or stay?
Boaz has been on the streets for the last 8 months. He is probably 13 years old but we won’t really know until we can dig up his birth certificate from somewhere. This can take time as we first need to find other members of his family to begin the slow process of piecing together his complex jig-saw puzzle.
In the meantime, we don’t know if he’ll fly away or stay...
Boaz landed on the streets with his older brother, 15-year old Ben Hur, when they ran away from home together. There are many reasons why children run away from home and it is important that we discover those reasons. According to information from previous neighbours, the lack of care and affection by the single mother for her five children is probably one of the reasons why Boaz and his brother eventually ran away from home. It seems they have never had a fathering relationship. The children were left to fend for themselves most of the day or in the hands of an older brother, in a situation of dire poverty where seven people, including their grandmother, shared the same bed and where it was common to go to sleep hungry. Boaz’ single mother moved on to an unknown locality a few months ago and we haven’t been able to discover her whereabouts.
Ben Hur has since disappeared, trafficked by professionals to the coast to serve as a sex slave for wealthy women after he was tempted into a posh car by his future “madame” or female pimp and taken to the port of Santos.
Ben Hur was tall, blond and dashing, according to previous neighbours; an ideal candidate to serve such a demanding market and probably a match for academy award winner, Charlton Heston, who won his only oscar for the role in 1959. Boaz decided not to leave in that car and that decision was certainly a decisive one in his own life. Street kids are prone to disappear in many different ways, this being one of them.
NB! The hands position in this portrait symbolize PEACE in Brazil.