This is one of the saddest articles I've ever read.
So this 8 year old survives the dictatorial, dysfunctional rule of warlord Charles Taylor (now on trial at The Hague for crimes against humanity)........spends who-knows-how-many years in a refugee camp.......is placed in Phoenix.......and is RAPED by her peers.
Because she wanted some bubble gum. That's right, they lured her with bubble gum.
Then, her parents blame her for being victimized and disown her for bringing shame on the family.
She's now with Arizona CPS who, quite possibly, have one of the WORST reputations in the country for their ineptitude and corruption AND WHO'VE HAD THEIR BUDGETS CUT by such a large amount that they've had to eliminate substance abuse counseling for 'borderline' parents and have had to eliminate almost 200 positions in the agency (good call Gov. Brewer).
I felt the need to call CPS to see if there was ANYTHING the community could do for this poor little love. I just wanted to send her a blankie, or a friggin My Little Pony, or Ayaan Hirsi Ali's autobiography or something. The first person I spoke to had NO idea who I was referring to (this case has been ALL over the local and national media), the second person I spoke to transferred me, the third person said, "Uh, no, um, I don't think she needs anything."
I beg to differ.
Sorry for such a depressing post. Misery loves company.