Façade. That is the government has built in preparation for the visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines.
Following an investigation, government officials and authorities are being accused of putting homeless children behind bars to “make the poverty-racked city more presentable when Pope Francis arrives,” an online media said.
The report also revealed that street children are being brutally detained in centers alongside adult criminals to ensure that they can’t be seen in areas where the Pope is set to hold activities that can be viewed by global audience through television.
The children were alleged to be locked up in filthy detention cells where they sleep on concrete floors. They are believed to have been beaten up by older inmates, chained to pillars and starved.
The report further revealed that investigators were able to gain access to one detention center because of Nobel Peace Prize-nominated Irish missionary Father Shay Cullen, 71, who freed and brought one boy to his shelter for children called Preda Foundation.
Considering the situation, Father Cullen said that the children were kept “completely beneath human dignity” and their rights are being violated.
“They have no basic rights. There is no education. There is no entertainment. There is no proper human development. There is nowhere to eat and they sleep on a concrete floor. There is no proper judicial process,” Father Cullen added via Daily Mail.
These alleged blatant actions of authorities are believed to have started when US President Barack Obama visited the Philippines last year.
If these allegations are true, the government and authorities must be ashamed with their deeds. They should not create a façade just to show Pope Francis or the world in general that we are in a better country. This is literally a shame for the people involved, not to mention that they stealing the children’s chance to have an encounter with a pontiff who loves to bless the poor and those who are in need.
Reports & Images from Daily Mail