Shattered

by Eric Walters

5 facts about homless people

  1. 5,000 young people die every year because of assault, illness, or suicide while on the street.
  2. HIV rates for homeless young people are 2 to 10 times higher than reported rates for other samples of adolescents in the US.
  3. Teens age 12 to 17 are more likely to become homeless than adults.
  4. The average age a teen becomes homeless is 14.7 years
  5. There are approximately 1.7 million homeless teens in the US. Post flyers in your community to educate homeless teens on resources and services.

Facts about Genocides;

  1. July 2004 - The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate pass resolutions declaring the crisis in Darfur to be genocide
  2. During this period(Rwanda genocide), more than 6 men, women and children were murdered every minute of every hour of every day. This efficiency of killing was maintained for more than 3 months.
  3. There are between 300,000 to 400,000 survivors of the genocide. (Rwanda genocide)
  4. 75,000 of survivors were orphaned as a result of the genocide.(Rwanda genocide)
  5. Nearly 100,000 survivors are aged between 14 and 21, of which 60,000 are categorised as very vulnerable.(Rwanda genocide)
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6 Ways to help the homeless!

  1. Respond with kindness - We can make quite a difference in the lives of the homeless when we respond to them, rather than ignore or dismiss them. Try a kind word and a smile.
  2. Bring food - It's as simple as taking a few extra sandwiches when you go out. When you pass someone who asks for change, offer him or her something to eat. If you take a lunch, pack a little extra. When you eat at a restaurant, order something to take with you when you leave.
  3. Give recyclables - In localities where there is a "bottle law," collecting recyclable cans and bottles is often the only "job" available to the homeless. But it is an honest job that requires initiative. You can help by saving your recyclable bottles, cans, and newspapers and giving them to the homeless instead of taking them to a recycling center or leaving them out for collection. If you live in a larger city, you may wish to leave your recyclables outside for the homeless to pick up -- or give a bagful of cans to a homeless person in your neighborhood.
  4. Donate clothing - Next time you do your spring or fall cleaning, keep an eye out for those clothes that you no longer wear. If these items are in good shape, gather them together and donate them to organizations that provide housing for the homeless.
  5. Donate a bag of groceries - Load up a bag full of nonperishable groceries, and donate it to a food drive in your area. If your community doesn't have a food drive, organize one. Contact your local soup kitchens, shelters, and homeless societies and ask what kind of food donations they would like.
  6. Donate toys - Children living in shelters have few possessions --if any-- including toys. Homeless parents have more urgent demands on what little money they have, such as food and clothing. So often these children have nothing to play with and little to occupy their time. You can donate toys, books, and games to family shelters to distribute to homeless children. For Christmas or Chanukah, ask your friends and co-workers to buy and wrap gifts for homeless children.

5 Ways to stop Genocide!

  1. First, preventing armed conflict.
  2. protection of civilians in armed conflict.
  3. early and clear warning.
  4. Sounding the alarm and demanding action
  5. Stop the Enablers
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