This week Metropolis takes a closer look into the lives of fifteen-year old boys around the world. What are their dreams, desires, and ambitions? What is important to them? And, are there differences, or are fifteen-year old boys the same all around the world?
Going to school is a luxury that most children in Sierra Leone cannot afford. Therefore, fifteen-year old Stanley from Freetown has to work to make ends meet: he helps people to get in and out of a taxicab. Fifteen-year old Lawrence from Uganda works as well, he makes chapatti in the streets, but he dreams of a career as a professional football player. And Christian from Peru lives in one of the bad neighborhoods, ‘Barrios Altos’ of Lima. He is a big football fan, just like Lawrence from Uganda, and he is a supporter of the local club Alianza Lima.
Álvaro from Madrid is different: he is the son of a builder but dreams of a career as a professional dancer, and he is training hard to reach his goal. Bercan from Turkey is also very ambitious: even though he is only fifteen years old he is politically active. He is a political activist who fights for the Kurds, and he sees himself as a fighter for freedom, equality, and brotherhood. Fifteen-year old Balume from Congo might be young, but he is already one of the most successful music producers in Goma, Congo.