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Beverly Bell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452123

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452123.001.0001

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For Want of Twenty Cents

For Want of Twenty Cents

Children’s Rights and Protection

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Fault Lines

Beverly Bell

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines initiatives aimed at promoting children's rights and protection in Haiti in the post-earthquake era. In Haiti, about sixty-three children in every thousand die in the first year of life, while eighty-three die before they reach the age of five. Roughly 30 percent of those under five suffer from chronic malnutrition, and one of them die every hour from hunger. This chapter first provides an overview of health care for Haitian children along with their mortality rates and how they are protected. It then discusses the consequences of structural violence for children, such as their vulnerability to being restavèk, or child slaves. It also considers the various strategies employed by national antiservitude groups, such as educating and promoting children's rights at all levels of the restavèk chain; trying to retrieve children from the system; reversing tacit government approval of child abuse; and addressing the root cause of child servitude, which is poverty.

Keywords:   children's rights, Haiti, health care, poverty, structural violence, restavèk, child slaves, child abuse, child protection

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