Friday, July 16, 2010

eyes re-opened

Everywhere. Something new. My eyes are opened and re-opened again.

Women on the streets carrying enormous loads of items for sale on their heads. Young boys carrying heavy buckets of bread.

I went for a run on the beach and a boy started to run alongside me. He only began talking once I said something to him. He spoke little English. He came from Guinea. He wants to learn English. He sleeps under the bush where I started my run. He kindly helped me find public transportation back to my home as it was getting dark.

In my interviews with the counselors here at the Center for Victims of Torture I’ve come to learn that likely all of these individuals have been trafficked. Either voluntarily or involuntarily they left their home up-country or in a neighboring country to follow false promises of education, skills training… a better life in the city. And here they are now, exploited or homeless having run away from the person who brought them here.

Those exploited may work day and night for their trafficker handing over all money in exchange, perhaps, for a place to sleep.

Those who run, without education or skills, often end up on the streets, committing small crimes to survive, or giving sex in exchange for money, food or a place to sleep. Re-trafficking is not uncommon.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. An iceberg of poverty, war, torture, trauma… “So many of my brothers suffer” one counselor told me in an interview.

Freetown. How ironic.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

來給你加油打氣,祝福大家開開心心。 ............................................................

Anonymous said...

要求適合自己的愛情方式,是會得到更多,還是會錯過一個真正愛你的人。.................................................................

Anonymous said...

聰明人之所以不會成功,是因為他們缺乏了堅忍的毅力。..................................................

Anonymous said...

這不過是滑一跤,並不是死掉而爬不起來了。..................................................

勳洪華 said...

Make hay while the sun shines...................................................

家唐銘 said...

人不能像動物一樣活著,而應該追求知識和美德............................................................

孟湖聿軒 said...

Learning makes a good man better and ill man worse.............................................................

Anonymous said...

我從來不認為不同意我的看法就是冒犯................................................

Anonymous said...

看到你的好文章真是開心 加油囉~..................................................................

Anonymous said...

世間事沒有一樣沒有困難,只要有信心去做,至少可以做出一些成績。..................................................

Anonymous said...

上來打聲招呼,祝你一切平安!............................................................

Anonymous said...

看看文章轉換心情,也幫你加個油哦............................................................

Anonymous said...

人生中最好的禮物就是屬於自己的一部份............................. ....................................

孟湖聿軒 said...

文章寫的不錯~推一把( ̄ー ̄〃)......................................................