TOO LATE! - strangled and thrown awayMikaela (15) was abused and sexually trafficked by her parents. She fled to the streets where she would sell herself to earn money. One day she asked us if we could take her with us. Unfortunately, we could not receive her because we did not yet have a girls home in operation. Weeks later she was found strangled by one of her clients.
The sad facts
- Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world.
- The richest 1% of Brazil’s population control 50% of its income.
- The poorest 10% of Brazil’s society receive less than 1%.
- 20 million Brazilians live in situations of extreme poverty.
- Extreme poverty contributes to break-ups and increased violence amongst families.
- Brazil has the highest number of people living with HIV and AIDS in the whole of South America.
- In 2006, during a time of peace for Brazil, 17,163 youths were killed between the ages of 15 and 24. Almost the same number of people who lost their lives fighting in the 2002 Civil War in Angola, Africa.
- Only 40% of children who start school complete their primary education.
- 17% of people over fifteen in Brazil cannot read or write, and in some regions it reaches 50%.
- 4 million children of school age are not in school.
- The boys tend to join the drug gangs where their lives become in danger either due to the drugs or rival gangs.
- The girls tend to find themselves in even more vulnerable situations, as many are forced into selling their bodies for money.
- UNICEF estimates that there are around 500,000 children involved in the sex industry in Brazil.
- The problem is particularly bad in the North East of Brazil, which is quickly becoming the new 'Sex Capital' of the world.
- Every eight minutes a child or teenager is raped in Brazil.
- Camaragibe has a population of 144,000 people and only has one home for boys at risk and NO PROVISION FOR GIRLS AT RISK.
Sources (ReVive, itsapenalty, dreamscanbe)
These are only some of the statistics that demonstrate the difficulties the youth face. In this environment, many children leave home and take to the streets. Many others are removed from their homes by the government due to abuse or neglect. And many others are at risk every day of arriving in the same situation. This is the backdrop for which the Restoration and Prevention projects of With Open Arms intend to serve.