nothing to celebrate

In Mexico there are 38.2 million girls, boys and adolescents between 0 and 17 years old; one of every 3 inhabitants is a minor. Almost 29 million live in cities, 9.5 in rural settings where 1.7 of them are speakers of an indigenous language, 650,000 belong to the Afro-Mexican community and 2.6 have some physical limitation or disability.

According to Eric Berne’s transactional analysis, the Self is a coherent pattern of feeling and experience related to a coherent pattern of behavior. It is formed by I Father, I Child and I Adult. Happy people live in balance and get the best out of each of these states

The Child I has the obligation to have fun, repressing it impacts on a negative development of the adult part, butHow to achieve a peaceful and balanced adult if your inner child most of the time lives with fear, pain, memories of cruelty, abuse, injustice, abandonment and betrayal? Impossible.

How not to experience the current states of tension and desolation if millions of our girls and boys are violated every day and grow naturalizing in every cell of their being that violence is the answer to everything? The house, that place where children should be protected and raised with love and security, is often where they are hurt the most. There are currently 129,020 files for family violence against minors; 76% of the injuries occurred within the home and 7 out of 10 times, the person responsible for the aggression is a relative of the victim.

Of the 13.4 million adolescents, 9 out of 10 have been insulted for their physical appearance, the way they dress or for not conforming to stereotypes that society dictates how a man or a woman should be, look and behave. In the end, delinquency makes those poor little souls and bodies immature. In 2020 alone, between 35,000 and 45,000 minors were co-opted by organized crime and 4 in 10 who are in the criminal justice system first left home due to violence or poverty. This last figure is also serious since 11 out of every 100 live in extreme poverty and 53% in a situation of general poverty. The associated damage? Half of our teens who work don’t go to school. What a future we are leaving you!

Violence and lack of sexual education plagues and short futures. There are between 2 and 3 daily births whose mothers do not exceed 14 years, Mexico holds the ominous first place of the countries that make up the OECD in pregnancies of women between 15 and 19 years. Dropping out of school, poverty, maternal mortality and lack of opportunities are part of the daily lives of these girls growing up as boys.

The Covid hit children in what they want and need most: their parents or caregivers. The pandemic left 275,800 minors orphaned; without the maternal or paternal bond that means protection and care, there is no way out for the growth and full maturity of these little ones. There is also no effective public policy in this regard. No one knows where they went, with whom they live, even if they have a roof over their heads and food…orphans of fathers, mothers and government.

As for the major pandemic, that of disappearances and deaths, especially of women, those under 18 years of age represent 56% of the disappeared. Of these, between January 2020 and June 2021, 348 were victims of human trafficking; abused bodies, raped countless times a day, mistreated, beaten and enslaved for the enjoyment of perverts.

Death stalks them: between 2015 and 2022, 603 girls and adolescents have been murdered; Only from January to March of this year, there are 29. Furthermore, homicide is the first cause of death in men between 15 and 17 years old, the third in death of boys and the sixth in girls between 1 and 14 years old. Faced with such conditions, more and more minors find in suicide their horrendous end to pain. In 2020 alone, 3 minors committed suicide every day. The increase was 37% in boys and girls between 10 and 14 years old and 12% in women between 15 and 19 years old.

So, what do we celebrate the day of the boy and the girl? It is the obligation of the Mexican State to guarantee full access to the security and rights of children and adolescents. It is the obligation of fathers and mothers to raise them with acceptance, security, self-esteem; nurture and clothe them in such a way that they learn that they deserve to be loved for the mere fact of being alive. In childhood as in other issues in Mexico, no; There is nothing to celebrate.

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nothing to celebrate