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    Filipino girl age 11, hangs herself due to poverty

    This story just broke my heart I hate it when kids have to worry about food and clothing when this should not even be a concern in their lives.


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...n_page_id=1811

    Filled with despair at her poverty-stricken life in a shack, an 11-year-old girl wrote in a diary how she wished for new shoes and jobs for her parents – then slipped a rope around her neck and hanged herself.

    And in her diary the girl, whose family live in a flimsy hut that has no running water or electricity, told how she missed school and did not even have the money to go to church.


    Her grief-stricken father, Isabelo Amper, 49, a jobless construction worker, said Mariannet had asked him for 100 pesos (£1) which she needed for school projects.


    "I told her I did not have the money, but I would ask my wife if she could get it for her," he said. "The next morning I was able to get a small cash advance but by the time I got home Mariannet was dead."

    A neighbour said of them: "The Amper family are always being discriminated against. They're poor, the kids are dirty and the other kids don't want to play with them. Because they're very poor, they've been rejected by their neighbours."

    But the Social Weather Stations institute, which monitors the poor, said that some nine million Filipino families rated themselves poor and many of those experienced "severe hunger" in recent months.

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    That is SO heartbreaking, Autumn.

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    What a tragic story. I have been very poor and I know where these kids are coming from, but I would never have thought about dying. Bless her family.
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    What a sad story, I cannot believe a young girl of 11 is under so much stress and cannot bear to live, kids that age should be kids, what is happening in todays world that young children take their lives because it is better to be dead than alive, doesnt say much for the economy does it.

    I remember when I was 11, we were not rich, both my parents worked to have a roof over our heads, food on the table and pay the bills, my only thoughts then were couldnt wait to get out and play with my friends. I couldnt imagine thinking that life was so bad I would be better off dead.

    I dont understand why governments dont do something about families living in such poverty, and there are many countries including mine where people are living way below the poverty line, yet the governments send money elsewhere when it is so badly needed in their own countries.

    Im am sorry for the rant, but it just broke my heart to hear about this young girl taking her life because she couldnt stand to live anymore.

    My prayers and heartfelt thought are with this young girls family.

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    This is just too sad for words. Bless you Honey, may you never have to worry about anything again...

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    This truly brought tears to my eyes. That poor angel. May she rest in peace and may her parents stay strong

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    This is almost too sad to find words to write. That poor young girl may have felt so bad and had such little self esteem having had been shunned by neighbors and others. This family needed help from their more fortunate neighbors and others in the community and government. They were instead overlooked or mocked. Pitiful.

    I can't imagine what her parents are going through, now. Not only are they grieving the loss of a young child--the hardest grieving possible, but they may feel terribly guilty. May that sweet, little girl rest in peace and never feel pain again.

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    Sounds like the shunning and mistreatment by friend and neighbors caused most of the girl's unhappiness.

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    I can't even begin to imagine being 11 and having no hope. That poor little girl.

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    Poor little girl. This is so heart breaking.


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    My heart truly hurts.

    All of my Love and Respect,
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    My dad grew up very poor himself. They were share croppers on a cotton farm, 13 kids being raised in a two bedroom home. In those days you had more children if you were share croppers since you were a more wanted family with more hands to pick. He remembers vividly of snow coming in through holes in the roof in the winter, rarely having meat and mostly bean and potatoes dinners with biscuits. You rarely ever went to the dr. and my dad almost died from gangrene from a burst appendix that he knew his parents didnt have the money for him to have medical treatment. No indoor plumbing at all. They also had local support since in this town many people were in the same position. He remembers a very happy childhood even though they never were truly full from dinner and some nights they didnt have enough to go around so he always gave it to his younger brothers and sisters. He still is that way and would gladly give the shirt off his back to help others, he went without food many times in vietnam and shared his rations with the kids in vietnam. He never had a dessert growing up, their desserts were snow creme and blocks of ice off the ice truck that they chipped off.

    I do see that there situation was much worse but I have a feeling if she would have had more suppourt from neighbors and friends it might not have pushed her over the edge to this. I also wonder if she did this so her family would have more food. Heartbreaking either way. It makes me so mad at the phillipines government. My retired physician was from there and he stated many times that the country had money but they refused to help the impoverished. Im so sick of countries (U.S. included) who look the other way at people truly suffering.

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    Autumn, poverty is a problem here too and I feel exactly the same as you, why doesnt the government help those in need, we donate to charities who help those who are struggling, but the governments should make more of an effort to help.

    Sounds like your dad is a very giving person, people who have lived it understand. Hope he is more comfortable these days.

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    Don't you guys know about other parts of the world???? This Filipino girl actually had it GOOD compared to millions of people. A lot of kids in the world don't even get the chance to GO to school much less ask for money for projects. A lot of kids live on the street since they can't "afford" a shack!!

    I've seen poor with missing limbs, blind, deaf, etc. and they still eek out an existence. This girl had all of her faculties and she still killed herself. MILLIONS in world live in worse shape that she did. Open your eyes to the world!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UM&AMWfan View Post
    Don't you guys know about other parts of the world???? This Filipino girl actually had it GOOD compared to millions of people. A lot of kids in the world don't even get the chance to GO to school much less ask for money for projects. A lot of kids live on the street since they can't "afford" a shack!!

    I've seen poor with missing limbs, blind, deaf, etc. and they still eek out an existence. This girl had all of her faculties and she still killed herself. MILLIONS in world live in worse shape that she did. Open your eyes to the world!
    Our eyes are open, we have just been talking about this topic, I know there are worse out there, but we would have tostart another thread, we are kind of drifting off topic on this thread as it is.
    Please dont judge us because of our comments on this thread. I have seen first hand people who suffer here and all over the world.

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