Profiles of Marginalized Children
Chapter 1: The Sounds of Silence
By burrowing into the specific, we arrive at the general. We find the realities confronting the world’s invisible children by studying their stories, by seeing the practical conditions and influences that placed them on society’s edges.
Invisible Children begins with a review of several of these stories, each highlighting the common conditions and influences that define marginalization. But these stories are true, their characters real, and the consequences of their lives reflective of what millions of children face daily in every corner of the globe where they live their lives in shadows.
The stories in Chapter One place faces and names on the conditions that create invisibility. They are valuable as illustrations of the human costs behind the numbers. Even so, the numbers merit examination. For example, more than 218 million children are involved in some form of harmful child labor and, of these, half are subject to physical or sexual abuse. Their situation compels redress distinct from the nearly 200 million young people who are unemployed and idle because their local economies cannot accommodate their rising demographic.
The geography of marginalized populations will also be analyzed in their different contexts. Nuances exist between low and high income countries, non of which are immune to these situations. This chapter sets the terms upon which the ensuing examination of complex children’s issues will proceed.