Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Human Rights

When Henk,my husband and I worked in Cambodia in 2010 one day a little baby girl was brought into the community. She was found abandoned and her young teenage mother was infected with the HIV virus.
This little baby girl was tested for the virus and she also carried the HIV virus.
We called her Ann Marie.
I wrote another blog post about her dated back to 2010.

Why I chose Ann Marie for my blog about Human Rights is article 25 in the Human Rights:
 "Right to adequate Living Standard. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children,whether born in or out of wedlock shall enjoy the same social protection."
Ann Marie only lived for a few months, she couldn't fight the HIV virus.
Ann Marie was born into poverty and her desperate mother abandoned her, because she couldn't care for her baby and she had no way out.

Also in New Zealand we have children living in poverty, in a country that could provide an adequate standard of living for its people.
The gap between the rich and poor is growing fast.
Why, there are many reasons. The documentary: "Mind the gap" by Bryan Bruce.
is giving some real insights in the growing gap between rich and poor and why it is so destructive for our society.
We all have a right to an adequate living standard and one of those rights is a living wage.
All families in New Zealand should be able to buy healthy food, be able to pay for medical care and have a warm and dry house to live in.
Sadly that's not the case and like Ann Marie many children are denied the social protection we as society should give them.


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