She affirmed that the aim was to get 35 to 40 children off
Pinilla explained that 60 percent of the children begging in
In an effort to help mothers and fathers learn how to treat their kids,
Once children are taken off
Text courtesy of Living in Peru
"I find it unfortunate that they did not pay any attention to these children before. And what about all those children in other cities and villages? Why only in Lima? I believe that the only reason to this now is to clean up their image before the APEC starts in November. After that it will be back to the daily practice."
"Poverty and marginalization destroy families and lead kids to the street. Not even 16 police operations can change that. How about sixteen operations to eradicate extreme poverty in Lima?"
The Colour of Hope seconds all three of these comments. There are now a good number of orphanages/children's homes in Lima, but not enough for 640 more children to be properly cared for. And dumping Lima's child worker population in care homes isn't going to solve the problem; it's just a plaster on the wound. It seems that "sixteen operations" is an awfully good way to appear to be doing something about the problem, whilst in reality, everyone knows it will only scrape the surface.