I try to keep abreast of what's going on in the world. (The BBC offers feeds for each section of interest if you want to plug it into your reader, and the UN Dispatch also has a feed.)
Still, I somehow missed Haiti. I don't know how. 2,000 children? Isn't Haiti ... small? From the Un Dispatch:
CNN reports on horrific crimes against children in the restive, gang controlled slums of Port-au-Prince:
"In Haiti, UNICEF and local officials report that kidnapped children are being raped, tortured and murdered. The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti has been working with the national police force to try to halt such crimes. They suspect that criminal gangs are responsible."
The agency reports that as many as 2,000 children a year are trafficked to the Dominican Republic, often with their parents' support. And about 1,000 children are working as spies, messengers or soldiers for armed gangs in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.
Earlier in the month, a demonstration was held in Haiti's capital after a 16-year-old hostage was murdered and other hostages had been raped and lynched, including infants, UNICEF said.
So ... how was your weekend? I have some cool news tomorrow! (I hope!)