Nelly Ali

Nelly Ali is a Human Geographer doing her International Childhood Studies PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London where she also teaches on the Masters degree. She lectures at the Institute of Education and Anglia Ruskin University. Nelly works with and is an advocate for street girls and young street mothers in Cairo, Egypt. She is a member of the Popular Campaign for the Rights of the Child, Egypt.

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Opinion articles

This is a copy of an email received by the Manadeel Waraq campaign for the defense of street children: “Dear all, Today the hospital admitted a 3-year-old girl. Her mother and father brought her to the hospital saying she had fallen from the...
Nobody could have mistaken the horror this 6-year-old girl was experiencing. Nothing more tells of the fear that gripped her than the warm yellow fluid running down her short legs as her knees started to shake. Her heartbeat escalated as the quiver...
So many of the kids on the streets know exactly what you want to hear from them. They eye you up, suss you out and in minutes they conjure up the story you are there to hear. They have to be this clever. Their survival depends on it. I remember...
I read the papers and online testimonials of group attacks on women in the streets. If I had not read the titles, I would have thought the authors had suddenly taken an interest in the daily lives of street children. I would have assumed they had...
A lot of people have been asking me what the hardest moment has been in my work with street children. I am flooded with choices. My mind quickly scans the children, and I try to decide which story to tell. In a matter of seconds, I go through the...