Saturday, August 22, 2009

My Letter to UNICEF

I am writing you as a concerned resident of Honduras and a citizen of the USA. My son is a Honduran citizen and goes to Honduran public school in San Pedro Sula.

I became aware last night that Honduras is a signer to the UN Convention on Children´s Rights. I had originally sent an email about my concerns to Christopher but he is out of the office until Sept 1 and asked me to contact you if the matter was urgent and I feel it is.

Teachers in Honduras on a massive scale are violating the UN Convention on Children´s Rights of over 2 million children.

They are denying them something as basic as an education. They have threatened other teachers by sending people to put them in their place. They have used the threat of violence and have threatened parents and children if they attend school or insist that the teacher´s do. Teachers abandoned their spots as teachers using the teacher´s unions on June 28. What concerns me more is this isn´t the first time. They have been on strike at the sacrifice of children´s education over 29 times in the past two years and to me that is a massive and continued abuse of children and their human rights.

They have tried to force our children to be subjected to political exams, to march and participate in their ´resistence´

They have subjected them to mental torture by telling them not to obey their parents if they are ´white´shirts or do not agree with the resistence. They tell them they do not have to obey the law or abide by norms of moral character. All things that seriously affect children. It is an abuse to subject children to the crisis that is going on in Honduras and they should be protected as much as possible. It is even more of an outrage that not only are they denying them an education but the days they do go to school they subject them to brainwashing.

Please intercede and investigate in this issue and take our complaints as parents to the United Nations. I recongize that the UN doesn´t recognize the government of Micheletti but surely they recognize the parents of the children in Honduras.

Surely they recongize your organization that has been selflessly dedicated to protecting children from abuse and war.

I would be willing to place a formal complaint and sign if needed. I will tell you that would probably put me in grave danger but I will sacrifice everything in effort to protect my child and other children. I grew up facing abuse, mental torture, and other forms of maltreatment and refuse to stand idly by as it happens in masse to not only my child but 2 million others as well.

Thank you for your time,

Cynthia Llanes de Moreno
San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras

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