AMERICA/PARAGUAY - Minors abandoned: more than one million poor children, deidicate themselves to begging and crime

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Asuncion (Agenzia Fides) - The reality of most Paraguayan children is very serious. Out of 2,500,000 children, 1,100,000 are poor. The situation gets more and more serious with the current change of season and cold weather, it further affects hundreds of street children. Those who cannot count on parents or people to look after them, live in a state of disrepair. The country's authorities seem disinterested, the irresponsibility of those parents who leave their children without any support forcing them not to go to school and work to try to earn a piece of bread. Some are recruited by criminal organizations that exploit them to commit crimes. There is no policy in the country to rescue this generation of children who live in hardship and temptations that will lead inexorably to prison or to death, after a short life marked by hunger, violence, abuse, and crime. (AP) (12/06/2012 Agenzia Fides)