ROBBED OF HUMANITY: Lives of Guatemalan Street Children
By Nancy Leigh Tierney
AN ESSENTIAL WORK FOR LATIN AMERICANISTS, URBAN SOCIOLOGISTS,
HUMAN RIGHTS/CHILDREN'S ADVOCATES, AND TESTIMONIAL LITERATURE ENTHUSIASTS
An in-depth look at Guatemala’s homeless children,
ROBBED OF HUMANITY provides an analysis of the social conditions that
send children—unprotected—to the streets
and what they encounter.
"Nancy Leigh Tierney has written an extraordinary and memorable book about the life of street children in Guatemala. These are children whose innocence has been shattered, yet somehow they remain dignified. The testimonies of their lives in the streets urges us not to remain silent to their tragedy, which is very much part of our own. ROBBED OF HUMANITY should be read by everyone interested in human rights, social justice and hope."
Chilean poet, Professor of Spanish, Wellesley College, and author of numerous works, including Circles of Madness: Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo and editor, Surviving Beyond Fear: Women, Children and Human Rights in Latin America.
ROBBED OF HUMANITY provides an in-depth look at the reality that children confront each day on Guatemala's streets. Beyond reporting the abuses that momentarily capture international headlines, this work analyzes the conditions that compel children to leave their homes, relationships they form on the streets, survival strategies they employ, and the near constant harassment and brutality they suffer from police and private citizens.
Using more than 100 documented cases of abuse, ROBBED OF HUMANITY explores the motives behind this systematic mistreatment of street youth and examines the limited response of Guatemalans to these atrocities. This is considered within the context of their country's culture of terror and pervasive elite ideals and religious norms that discount the reality of destitute children. ROBBED OF HUMANITY contributes to an understanding of street children's lives through the riveting testimonies of the children themselves.
Background: According to the UN, there are 150 million street children in the world, 40 percent in Latin America. This book helps the reader understand why these young people are on the streets. It gives an inside look into their desolate lives and the astonishing spirit that sustains them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Nancy Leigh Tierney
PROLOGUE BY NANCY SCHEPER-HUGHES
Professor and chair, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, and author of Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil and forthcoming Who’s the Killer? Justice and Violence in South Africa; co-editor, The Cultural Politics of Childhood.
PREFACE BY SISTER ALICE ZACHMANN, SSND
Founder and director, Guatemala Human Rights Commission/ USA, Washington, DC, and recipient of numerous international human rights awards.
SUBJECTS urban sociology/Latin America/human rights
Paperback $16.00 USD
ISBN 10: 0-9630180-5-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-9630180-5-2
304 pages 6" x 9" Bibliography and index.
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