Monday, March 2, 2009

Being a "Slumdog" Kid II

In my post, Being a "Slumdog" Kid, some very astute comments were made about the lives of the kids who starred in the movie, "Slumdog Millionaire." They spoke to the harsh realities of such kids and their being taken advantage of my their very own parents.

Today, I read a post on the Huffington Post which bears this out. According to the article, the father of Azharuddin Ismail is also saying he wants more money for his son's film role. In addition to school, the kids were paid for their work and have trust funds set up for when they turn 18."

The father also said, "my son has taken on the world and won. I am so proud of him but I want more money.

'They promised me a new house but it hasn't happened. I'm still in the slum.

'I want the money now, it is of no use later. Mr. Boyle should take care of my son.'"

There is a lot of "I" in those words, eh?

Last Friday, Ismail, was seen being beat by his father. It is also reported that he has fallen ill "vomiting and with a temperature of 103 degrees." How do we help such kids? I guess the media's presence is one way of bringing attention to their plight. But they need so much more than the glare of the camera. So many kids around the world need real assistance for survival. I hope these kids, at least, make it.


Brosreview said...

I feel bad for Ismail. I hope all this ends in a fair way. That's all I've got to write.

Pradeep Bhatt said...

in a country where labouring mothers are left to die because the govt has started a scehem where family of the mother who has died during delivery will recieve a compensation of Rs. 50,000/-, such an act are still more human, desperate though but still...

god bless slumdog kids, hope they make it.

judith ellis said...

Bros - So do I. It's heartbreaking indeed. I wish the very best to this kid. My thoughts are with all the kids worldwide who need the love and protection of parents and other adults and do not have it. But my heart especially goes out to this one kid who we have all come to know through his brilliant performance in "Slumdog."

judith ellis said...

Pradeep - What saddness.

"such an act still more human, desperate though but still..."

Please elaborate.

Thanks for popping through. Do come again.

Blessings indeed to the "Slumdog" kids and the many others worldwide.

My heart breaks for these.

The question is what will we do?