94 results for 'children'
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... (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... (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... (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... (more)
... Council of India in a report says that the Food and Beverages industry in India is worth $300 billion. And in terms of production, India is the third largest producer of food grains in the world (230 tonnes per year).
But it is rather a painful irony that, there are actually millions of children in India who still go to bed Hungry, their families unable to afford the simple, humble five rotis and sabji.
The 2010 Global Hunger Index (GHI) released by the International Food policy Research Institute ranked India a disgraceful 67th among 84 countries that it rated. The GHI is... (more)
I’m cluing you in on a dilemma on children mis-using MySpace and Facebook that could be dangerous. It’s happening every where including in the U.S.A..
I’ve been noticing that today’s kids are trying to get attention by using social networks. How do I know this? Both my children were involved as well.
My daughter at age 13 had her friend make her site for her. ProblemShe had her address and phone number listed, and my phone would ring from places states away. She had her age set for 27! Not 13, results she was getting messages from people with very bad foul... (more)
...aspect in relationships is not demanded, but earned through love and giving way to trust so that any relationship that starts fresh should not end while it’s still in its cocoon. Such principle is universally applicable, whether in love, or marital relationships, between parents and children, with in-laws, among friends and co-workers, or acquaintances.
Also, nurturing relationships is a long drawn process that should begin on a leveled surface. When we enter into new relationships, thoughtful and careful dealings lessen our emotional stress of adjusting to a new way of... (more)
... religious leaders when they would send us off to school or other activities. This has all since changed. We no longer deem adult/child relationships/friendships as appropriate. We somehow perceive them as unhealthy and morally wrong. When did developing and forming these relationships with children become an unacceptable thing? I personally think when we realized that there are people out there who do not have our children's best interest in mind and take advantage of our little ones. What we have lost in the process by cutting off and making these bonds unacceptable and looked down... (more)
...Mitu’s life and her endurance to evolve out of insanity and shenanigans of her in-laws and husband. However, Mitu yet again faces a threat, an intention full of deceit that may even be misleading the Indian judicial system. The court has awarded Mitu’s husband the visitation rights of the children whom he desperately desired to kill in the embryonic stage, and subsequent to their birth never showed any interest in parenting them. A visitation right to the father of the children may also encourage visits from Mitu’s in-laws who nearly beat her to death and starved her while she was... (more)
...to death at an age when life is an abode of merriment and desires. Your mirth was stolen away by the murk of the three foot high dog cage in which you were ensnared by your own father and stepmother. When life is a canvas of vivid colors, you remained unseen in the darkness. At 13, when children your age aspire of accomplishments in academics, sports, and creative arts, you dreamt of getting out of your cage into the lap of nature. Christian, what you wanted was a normal life and cherished memories of your innocent childhood, but what you actually got was brutal abuse. You were... (more)