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Girl's plight could have been avoided

By unknown | Aug 26, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Your story, "Our Shame", in Sowetan on Monday refers.

Your story, "Our Shame", in Sowetan on Monday refers.

First, I would like to ask a few questions: What happened to us helping those in need? We were taught at an early age that a child is raised by the whole community. If neighbours, friends and community members were aware of the living conditions, why did it take so long for them to report this situation? I'm not blaming the community, but I think someone could have done something before the 11-year-old girl resorted to prostitution to feed her siblings.

As much as child-headed households are now common in the country, these children's dilemma could have been avoided. If the mother has disappeared it is up to us as adults to act before children like Lerato are forced to drop out of school and fend for their siblings.

As for the mother, whatever her reasons were for leaving her children, she cannot justify her actions.

If I sound judgmental it might be because of the whole mess that this woman has turned her children's lives into!

I believe that if a person is not ready to have children they should not.

These children need urgent help. Lerato is probably going to be traumatised for a long while because of something that she has no control over.

Veli Mokhabodi, Johannesburg


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