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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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Roney and Claudiney’s story represents not only their tragic lives, but the lives of so many underprivileged children in both the world’s poorest and wealthiest countries, abandoned by our neglect and our insatiable appetite for self gain. Greed has no class or colour.

Two beloved brothers, united by their involuntary dependency to the streets, forced upon them in childhood by the insecurities of a malfunctioning home and parents.

Roney, the youngest and a born leader, was to meet his match in the face of Brazil’s brutal and almost untouchable street kid killers. I told that story... Read More

...a continuation of my story on street kids Roney and Claudiney, Surviving The Streets of Brazil....

Roney and his brother Claudiney had just successfully finished a 30-day hospital internment ordered by the juvenile judge, to recover them from a serious drug relapse. Now they were ready to take a short holiday break together with me, my son and some of the other kids in our street migration prevention programme. It would have been an ideal week to re-strengthen our relationship after them both having lost some time to this drug relapse so we were preparing to go to Hummingbird’s small-holding... Read More

You know, the whole "Merry Christmas" versus "Happy Holidays" thing is getting old. At least with me. To the rest of the world it may be just revving up, but I'm over it. The emails have started up again from all the self-appointed defenders of Christmas, strongly condemning the "happy holidays" greeting. Got one the other day with the usual, 'this is not a holiday tree, it's a Christmas tree, this is not a holiday wreath, it's a Christmas wreath' etc. I understand the frustration. It's upsetting that schools won't allow Christmas trees in their hallways, and non-Christian neighbors complain... Read More

Lynn Jones a baggage handler at Reno -Tahoe International Airport says she was fired "on the spot" when she saw a sad, listless, and what looked like an abused dog in a pet carrier and refused to place the emaciated dog onto onto the Texas bound plane. When she refused she was fired on the spot.

"I was crying," she said. "I kept saying that dog could not be put on a plane," she told the Reno Gazette-Journal. Her boss who said the paper work was in order told her to load the dog onto the plane. "Everyone who saw it, the TSA people, the airport police officers, the girls at the ticket... Read More

During the delicate phase of motivating children to leave the streets for good, their worries become our worries. Will they survive the time they will need to reach this important turning point in their lives? Each individual child hides an anonymous history, with debts that some day will need to be paid. For a child trying to survive the mean streets of the big cities in Brazil, he would be much safer riding a wild bull at rodeo. Their involvement with the underworld and its multiple criminal activities guarantees that sooner or later these kids will end up spending a good part of their childhood... Read More

Lauren Scurggs, a successful 23 year old blogger and model was coming home on Saturday from doing a tour of Christmas' lights across Texas when after the plane landed she accidently walked directly into the fast spinning propellor and suffered severe, life-changing injuries to her head, face, kneck, arm and hand.

Scurggs was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital where her family, including her mom Cheryl, dad Jeff and twin-sister Brittany have been at her bedside since. "Following multiple surgeries, Lauren has received facial and shoulder reconstruction, as well as the loss... Read More

To emphasize the problems of police brutality in Brazil, Amnesty International had stated in a report published just before the incident:

"From prison cells in Brazil and Peru to police stations in Mexico and the United States, scores of men, women and children are tortured every day, in spite of national and international laws, and their torturers continue to walk free. Amnesty International's new report highlights the countries where torture inflicted by state officials is widespread or persistent. Brazil is one such country, and the case of fifteen-year-old José is an example: arrested... Read More

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