Wednesday, May 25, 2011

on lost youth

As part of my work I had to visit some detention centers for youth....

Fourteen to eighteen year olds

most of them (around 60%) are here for homicide...
makes you wonder what is happening in society so that this kind of thing happens at all.

I've had to do this before, but this time it was particularly harsh. In a mid level development country, the detention center was not up to the standards.

The smells stemming from the cells nearly made sick.

where where their caretakers? where where their duty bearers?
where was the society and the safety net that was charged with turning them from babies into productive, healthy and balanced human beings?

how much of that blood is on our hands?

and then people wonder why motherhood -parenting- matters

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