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Child Labour in ...pictures
by Thanos Kalamidas
2009-06-12 09:06:38
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Emanuel Paparella2009-06-12 14:55:42
Indeed, poignant pictures may be our last hope for rousing our compassion and sense of decency, given that millions of words depicting child labor and abuse by some of the greatest novelists of 19th and 20th century British, American and Russian literature have had little discernible results in diminishing our callousness and insensitivity toward poor children. I am thinking here of Dickens, Twain, and Dostoyevsky. They all wrote exquisite novels on the abuse of children on many levels: Oliver Twist, Huckleberry Finn, The Brothers Karamazov and may others. George Orwell’s critical insight in his essay on Dickens is that “no one, at any rate no English writer, has written better about childhood than Dickens…No novelist has shown the same power of entering into the child’s point of view.” Given that the failure seems to be one of imagination, I wonder if what has been lacking in the appeal to our compassion is the ability to envision the child’s point of view. Just a thought.

Thanos2009-06-12 21:37:55
"Growing numbers of children in Zimbabwe are turning to prostitution to survive, the charity Save the Children says.

The aid agency says increasing poverty is leading girls as young as 12 to sell their bodies for as little as a packet of biscuits."

What can I say? It is on BBC site

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