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Betrayal : a report on violence toward children in today's world
Moorehead, Caroline.
First edition in the U.S.A.
Publication Information:
New York : Doubleday, 1990.
Physical Description:
xiii, 267 pages ; 24 cm
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HV713 .B48 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Author Notes

Caroline Moorehead is the biographer of Bertrand Russell, Freya Stark, Iris Origo and Martha Gellhorn. Her books include Human Cargo: A Journey among Refugees, Dancing to the Precipice, A Train in Winter, and Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Whatever images of childhood you may have, they'll be dashed after reading this volume. More frightening than any horror stories, these 11 real-life accounts reveal some of the almost unimaginable abuses that the world's children have suffered. From the "jail children" of India, los Desaparecidos of Argentina, and Somalia's refugee youth to the children of war-torn Lebanon and the exploited youth of the Philippines, an international group of writers has captured tales of young people who have been severely mistreated. While the writing styles of the contributors vary, what is uniform throughout is the sense of the incredible irresponsibility of parents, government agencies, etc., who have perpetuated such heinous problems as abandonment, incest, and the trafficking of children. Fortunately, "UNICEF is committed to . . . bring[ing] their condition to the world's attention" and has heartily supported the publication of this book. Shocking reading and sad commentary on modern society. --Debra Hall

School Library Journal Review

Children have not, traditionally, been considered to have civil rights. Moorehead cites the attempts for recognition of these rights in her preface to this collection of articles about the terrible worldwide abuse and neglect of children. Tied closely to the work of UNESCO, the book introduces readers to regions where poverty and hunger cause people to sell and exploit their children and to nations in which wealth and power do nothing to stop the physical and emotional abuse of children. Well written and well edited, the book blends straight facts with journalistic descriptions focusing on individuals the authors interviewed. Each chapter is followed by a short afterword, expanding the topic by describing current global conditions. The book is fair in pointing out efforts to help children, both publicly and privately, and includes discussions with and about the people behind these efforts. The articles are relatively short and are so focused that information can be found quickly and easily even though there is no index. An excellent introduction to the conditions of children of the world. --Stuart A. MacCaffray, Jr., Lake Braddock Secondary, Burke, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.