You can see them in almost any city in Africa, children who live on the streets. They're dirty, they're rude and they scavenge in the dustbins. Many people find them annoying; but do they really know or care to find out what drives them onto the streets? What are the stories behind these children?
In this week's edition of Speak UP, Maseline, a jazz musician who used to live in the streets of Harare, tells of her experience. From surviving the ordeal of rape, to eventually finding her own way out. She now tries to help other children out a situation she herself was once in. Hers is a story of redemption, and of second chances.
Speak UP! is an audio show in which young Africans discuss thorny social issues without pulling any punches. It is created by a selection of young hosts and producers in Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Rwanda, Nigeria and Kenya, working in partnership with local media organizations and RNW. Each edition of Speak UP! provides YOU with a chance to express yourself - because everybody wants to be heard.
You can read another story from a former slum child in Kampala here. And if there's a topic you'd like to speak up about, get in touch with us via Facebook or Twitter!