CaptionStreet children enjoy a shower in a care center. Food and lodging, as well as basic schooling, are offered to the children in exchange for light labor. Conflict, internal displacement, HIV/Aids and poverty contribute to the rising number of children who live and work on the streets. An estimated 30,000 street children live in Kinshasa, with tens of thousands more in other urban areas around the country. Many of them have been cast out of home by their parents, having been accused of witchcraft. They are blamed for the family's economic ills or the death of a relative from an Aids-related illness. Once in the streets, children face physical and sexual abuse from older children, adults and sometimes also from police and the military.