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Belize's refugee children
Published on April 29, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Belize’s refugee children

By Abdulmajeed K. Nunez

Lord hear my prayer for Belize’s children
They are refugees of several wars
For which few can prepare or defend them
Hailing from predatory environs trying to consume them
Violence, incest, drugs, pedophiles and people trying to rape them
Born to unskilled parents to fend for them
Who scarcely have time to play with them
Some don’t have the know how to read to them
Lord, hear my prayer for Belize’s children!

Young female teachers trying to teach at risk young men and women
The underserved and poverty stricken
The ministry has to equip teachers with new techniques to engage them
To get past the trauma and trust issue affecting them
The dons and cartels are recruiting them
Courting, enticing and vying to get loyalty from them
No wonder our country is such peril and mayhem
Lord, hear my prayer for Belize’s children

The juvenile unjust system
Parents are still allow to lock up their children
Simply because they cannot control them
Starting with the police who are afraid of them
Indoctrinated to profile our young black men
To abuse and buy in to the police culture of us-against-them
Magistrates’ hands are tied in the judiciary system
But them the laws are there they have to interpret and implement them
A judicial system in peril
A Belizean versus those from foreign
So our youths become causalities
Of a war or refugees just like our Central American neighbours in the 80s

The prison for 13.50 per head per day houses them
Warehousing and criminalizing them
Exposing them to an environment
Where gang recruits them
Senior prisoners indoctrinate them
With hate and venom
Sharing stories and educating them
Creating a new generation of universal criminals
Under the guise of re-integrating them
Lord, hear my prayer for Belize’s children

The hospital is killing them
The government is mocking them
Joking about neck and back and ramin
The make laws to make it mandatory to incarcerate them
So they do not benefit from the uncounted welfare system
The education policies frustrate them
Trying to merge a British and American system
Without consulting them about program relevant to them
Pushing out our young men so that the street can recruit them
This is a human rights problem
Lord, hear my prayer for Belize’s children
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