In this world, we’ve divided our countries into two parts, the developed countries such as France, United States, Norway, Australia, with others, and there are the developing countries such as Congo, Cameroun, Senegal, Haiti, etc… Based on 2012 data, approximately half of the countries registered are developing countries.
Developing countries have various big problems. I live in Guatemala (a developing country) and as I was looking into my countries problems I realized that the two most common problems we see in developing countries are: corruption and childhood delinquency. Childhood delinquency is one of the main causes of a country continuing as a part of the third world. A corruption and childhood delinquency have a lot in common.
(In this article I am going to use Guatemala’s example, but the content is overall general)
We all hate delinquency! When you see a thief, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Personally, I used to ask myself how bad a person had to be in order to hurt someone or even kill. I was scared of them, and the world’s overall thought normally is, thieves and delinquency ruin our lives and the country. What I am trying to say, is that this is the best life option we (developing countries) give to kids in favelas, dangerous neighbors, little towns, etc…
And here is where delinquency has everything to do with childhood. In Guatemala, 50% of the kids are born to have chronic malnutrition. Chronic malnutrition is an irreversible cause that happens if you didn’t get at least the minimum nutrition on the first 1000 days of a kid’s life, so basically what happens is that the kid’s brain’s capacity won’t develop completely, so it will be harder for the kid to learn and realize his full potential. Also, the kid’s immune system and bones wo n’t so this means that the kid will be more propitious to get sick often and he will be remarkably smaller. And to add up, the health service in developing countries are stunningly bad so the odds on the kid’s life will be unhealthy, and it’s most likely that the kid will have a shorter life. The effects that Chronic Malnutrition has on a kids life is huge, and also for the country.
Besides, it is also probable that those thieves you see in the streets have chronic malnutrition, and they once were innocent and beautiful kids too, just like your children or friends that like to play soccer and laugh. But the difference is that your children or friends did receive love and opportunities, and that changed their complete life. Approximately 40% of the kids that live in favelas, dangerous neighborhoods, little towns, etc… have not received love from their families since they were conceived. These kids have passed through all types of different things, such as abuse (sexual or other types), intense work under terrible conditions, they live in the streets (meaning they are all the time alone literally in the street or making relationships (that are most likely to be an appalling influence). And if this wasn’t enough the government education and health in developing countries is beyond harrowing, so likely they hopefully passed 6th grade and have 2 injections.
I am not inventing any of this, I have seen this kid, I have talked to ex-thieves and they are innocent and good people needing love and the basic things. You may think I am talking only cliches when I say love, but I really mean it. Just think about how good it felt when you were a kid and your mom hugged you, or when you were injured and your dad helped you, or that time when you were sad and your brothers supported you. No matter how tough you think you are, love is a human necessity, just like water, and it makes you the person you are.
Can you imagine what a dreadful life do these kids have? How can we expect that with this lives they have, they still become good people, as they rarely a different option. It is a vicious circle that we work hard to break because if not it will continue functioning. I am not here to tell you about all the problems developing countries have, I am only here to propose solutions, so I encourage you so think, and not to judge and to try to have empathy and every time you see a delinquent think about how his life has been in the past. And based on that, try to support and help vulnerable kids, because no matter how little your action is, every act of love counts.