Joshua Daniel was 7 years old when, after a fight with his mother, he left home in the Nigerian port city of Calabar and began living on the streets. For six years, Daniel traipsed through the city scavenging for corrugated scrap metal to eke out a living.

“You have to play the tough guy to survive,” says Daniel, who is now 15. “We slept at a store every night after the storekeeper locked up and left.”

Daniel has now returned to school and stays at a hostel provided by a local church....

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