Indifference puts Lithuania’s children at risk


Representatives of the Lithuanian authorities met with the country’s president to discuss improvements in child protection after a family tragedy on Saturday in which a man killed his two children by throwing them into a well.

But creating new authorities as now proposed is not the solution, the news website 15min stresses:

“Instead of tinkering around with new institutions the government should see to it that the existing ones receive adequate funding for training their employees and other such measures. Do socially disadvantaged families need more government funding and refuge centres that offer women protection from violent men? Certainly. But all these efforts will only achieve meagre results as long as we see the potential murderers among us yet do nothing. The ‘not our problem’ attitude can quickly become a ‘not our death’ attitude. Or perhaps it will become your problem because you never know what your neighbour will get up to next.”

euro|topics is a service provided by the Federal Agency for Civic Education. Since May 2008, n-ost Network for Reporting on Eastern Europe has produced the press review.

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