France: Young migrants brave Paris winter alone

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RAPSaliuo is rapping in Wolof, the language he spoke growing up in SenegalThe 16-year-old dreams of becoming a rapperSix months ago, he left his family and friends in Dakar He crossed the Sahara and then the Mediterranean before reaching Sicily and finally Paris... in the middle of winterSOT: SF DANS LA RUEI sleep in a cardboard box at night... and wake up early in the morning. I walk around the streets of Paris. It''s not easy! It''s hard. Charities which work with migrants and refugees say atleast one hundred unaccompanied minors are sleeping on the streets of Paris Saliou does what he can to pass the timeSOT : SF DANS LE JARDINI don''t know anything or anyone here. I''m alone in Paris, I don''t have my father, my mother, my big brothers or my younger brothers. Only God protects me. Saliou showed his birth certificate to the authorities... If he can prove he''s 16, he''ll be eligible for child protection SOT : This is my birth certificate. I showed it, we spoke for an hour and a half and they told me: "I''m doubtful". His claim was turned down, the person who interviewed him at the child protection unit wasn''t convinced he was under 18So his future''s uncertainSOT: Where are you sleeping tonight? I don''t know, maybe in a shelter/hotel or in the streets. Saliou managed to find a room in a homeless shelter for the next two nightsAfter that, he''s likely to end up back in the streets
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