Meet Jeon! He is 15 years old and in Grade 5:
“ I got this scar on my left arm when I was younger. Me and my friend carved our initials into our arms, because we are very close. We used a tree branch to do it. It hurt me so much.
I hate begging for food and money. It scares me to ask for money from people. Many of them are very bad people, and they hurt me when I ask. One day last year when I was begging, the military men forced us into a truck. They took us to the prison, locked us there, and beat us. We were put in the main prison with the adults. They were very mean to us. We were kept there for 7 days. My parents thought I was dead. They were so happy when they finally saw me, my mom could not stop crying.
If I could change anything about my life, it would be to stop begging on the street. I want to be a doctor when I grow up. You never see a doctor’s children beg for money and food”.
There are multitudes of children in the world who are deprived of at least one basic necessity of life, such as food, clean water, shelter or healthcare. That means that instead of running, laughing and playing with friends, these children spend their formative years struggling to survive.
As Ben has shown us, poverty affects every aspect of the lives of the children of Burundi and other 3rd world countries . Poverty and war limits opportunities for education, puts them at risk for health problems and increases the likelihood that they’ll be subjected to child labor or other crimes against them.
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