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#4562: Restaveks (fwd)

From: Michael Brewer <haitianstreetkids@rescueteam.com>

Restaveks: A countries most valuable asset is its' children. There are
thousands upon thousands who would have the potential to carry the country
forward if given the chance, but are unable and unlikely to ever do anything
worthwhile due to the tradition of restaveks. I know that with as many basic
infrastructure problems as Ayiti has these days, it's difficult for many in
positions of power to put much time and effort into taking care of a problem
which would benefit the poorest of children while depriving the more
priveledged. But, by having thousands of children in every generation being
deprived of education, social
development, and being emotionally and physically scared for life, serves to
do nothing except to put more nails in the coffin of Ayitis' future. Give
all children a chance, rich or poor, urban & rural, to have the education
they deserve; to have the
respect for their human descency they deserve, and at least let them have
the chance to show what they may have to offer towards the future of the
country. Laws concerning the treatment of children must be changed and the
ones that are in place concerning restaveks, must be enforced. No child
should be treated as soulless property.

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