At an age when many children around the world are in kindergarten, 6-year-old Amalia Soliz ran away from home.
It hadn’t been her home for long, but it was unbearable. Her godfather, who was also her guardian, was violent and abusive. Her parents had recently divorced, and her mother had sent her to live with him. Soliz’s five older siblings stayed with their mother, and their father disappeared.
Feeling abandoned and filled with terror, Soliz chose to fend for herself in the streets, a common plight of many children in Bolivia, one of the world’s poorest nations. But police officers soon found her and took her to a state-run orphanage, one of many in the city of Cochabamba, where she lived. That, too, was a horror — an overcrowded place where many babies shared the same crib, with few adults to care for them.
Soliz was shy, and was picked on by the older children, who stole her food. She made one good friend, a girl her age named Claudia, who stuck up for her. Together, they fed the babies and changed their diapers, and were rewarded with crusts of bread.
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