Hospital Arco Iris Ambulances Provide Hope to Children Living in Prisons

More than 2,000 school-aged children live with their parents in prisons in Bolivia. Approximately 600 of these children live within La Paz’s three jails. They are the “children prisoners” who are constantly exposed to many types of dangers and abuses from adult prisoners and guards, as well as are vulnerable to diseases and malnutrition.

Last year it was reported that one of the jails in La Paz had 2,300 prisoners and over 250 children living within it’s facility, which was built to hold only 600 people. Under the current law, children under six years are allowed to stay with their parents…but the reality is that hundreds of older children continue to grow up within the prison system. Many of these kids say, “When I grow up I want to have my own cell.” Continue reading…

Date: 7 February 2014

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