Post 3/5, Blogiversary week
To coincide with the year anniversary of Dad U, I'm aiming to post daily this week, focusing the series on the "Fatherhood Epidemic". It's a depressing, tragic subject, but one that we need to avoid sweeping under the carpet. I wish I could only post the fun and crazy dad-stuff, highlighting authentic dads and their kids. But I can't. I'm sorry that posting about the "other side" gives the blog a bipolar personality at times.
In the past year, the video below has been one of the two most painful I've found.
Anthony Butts spent a week with homeless children on the streets in Ukraine, and with the police charged with tracking them down and returning them to state supervision. The video takes you through the urban nightmare of their lives: sleeping in broken water pipes; raiding derelict buildings for scrap metal worth a meal, some cigarettes and drink; and into the unwelcome temporary warmth of a police station. I guess there will be a longer and more polished documentary to come, but going on this clip, I'm not sure anyone with a heart will be able to watch.
In a short 15 minutes you get a glimpse into daily trauma faced by these outcasts, all aged far beyond their actual years, and the hardened individuals they have become just to survive. Most of them only remain "free" because they are legal juveniles, and can escape easily from the dreaded orphanages. Roma, 17, ran away from home and has been on the streets since he was six. Let that sink in. Six.