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In pictures: Night commuters

While centres such as the Arc provide what they can (a meal, a blanket and a hard, if clean floor) what they cannot provide is a good night's sleep and the rhythms, love, guidance and sense of identity that family life can provide.

Because of distance and security concerns, many children only visit their families once a week.

The rest of the time they spend between the centres, school, makeshift football fields and odd jobs in which they earn a few pennies a day and the street.

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