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Border kids search for a better life

The eight teenagers walking towards the bright-green house, called Casa da Acolhida, look like any other group of young people. 

But they’re not. 

Carrying their possessions in torn plastic bags, they are making their way from a police station 200m away. They had been interrogated there after being caught trying to cross the border into South Africa unaccompanied by an adult and without the necessary documentation.

The town of Ressano Garcia houses the Lebombo border post, the country’s busiest.

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Carl Collison is the Other Foundation’s Rainbow Fellow at the M&G

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Carl Collison
Carl Collison
Carl Collison is a freelance journalist who focuses primarily on covering queer-related issues across Africa

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