Migrant children held in Customs and Border Protection detention centers drew heart-breaking pictures of themselves caged in small rooms and sleeping with tiny foil blankets.
The distressing drawings were shared by the American Academy of Pediatrics. They received these drawings from a social worker. The drawings shed light on the somber conditions these migrant kids are living in at border facilities.
The drawings were made by the children who have recently been released from CBP custody. In the pictures, they depict themselves trapped in locked cages. They are wearing such bad expressions on their faces that it breaks your heart just looking at them.
The incoming president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Sara Goza took a tour of two detention centers last and was stunned at the fact that the children are denied access to showers, change of clothes and hot meals.
Goza said, ‘When they opened the door, the first thing that … hit us was a smell. It was the smell of sweat, urine and feces. And I heard crinkling to my left and I looked over there and it was a sea of silver … there were young children, boys in there. Unaccompanied boys in there.’
She explained there was a room full of children – but they were all silent.
‘They had no expression on their faces, there was no laughing, there was no joking, no talking,’ she said.
‘I describe them almost like dog cages with people in each of them. And the silence was just hard to watch, hard to see,’ she said.
According to a recent report, 31 percent of kids are held in detention center longer than the 72 hours allowed.
At one facility there were a few adults who were held in a standing room only conditions for a week.
Source – Daily Mail