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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

TweetThis! Exchange students live American nightmare

Najua si watu wote wapo hivi na pia hakuna nchi ambayo ni 'kisiwa cha amani'. Lakini pamoja na hayo yote, ni lazima kutokuwa wepesi wa kuamini kuwa mambo ni mazuri kwa nadharia tu ama kusikia kutoka kwa baadhi ya watu. Ni vyema kujua kuwa katika dunia ya leo, hali ya mambo inaweza kutokwa inavyotarajiwa kwa kusikia tu, ndo hivyo tena mtu ajipange kukabiliana na hata kwa mambo asiyoyajua. Kisa kilichoripotiwa na CNN kinasisimua:
  • Exchange students to U.S. leave neglected, malnourished, abandoned
  • District attorney: One student was placed in a home with a convicted felon
  • Exchange program fires workers; some say not enough to oversee programs
  • District attorney convening a grand jury regarding placement
By Drew Griffin and Kathleen Johnston
CNN Special Investigations Unit

They came from around the world hoping to spend a high school year immersed in the culture and joys of America. Instead, five young foreign exchange students found themselves caught in a nightmare of neglect, malnourishment and abandonment by those supposed to protect them. Now those five -- natives of countries stretching from Tanzania, Vietnam, Nigeria, Denmark, Colombia, Norway and France -- are back home telling friends of a different America than they expected.

"We are talking 15- to 18-year-old children. We are introducing them to the United States. We are trying to put our best foot forward...."

"I know one of the students was placed in a home with a convicted felon -- convicted of drug trafficking or drug offenses -- and that is very disturbing to me."

"They weren't provided with food, in fact there is one incident with tape on food items in the refrigerator of the host family that says, 'Do not touch. This is for the host family only".

Tanzanian student Musa Mpulki has since returned home. Before he left, he told CNN he did not want to upset his mother, so he never told her that he had little to eat during his nine-month stay in the home of a 72-year-old man who had signs on his refrigerator that some food was only for family.

Although his housing situation was a nightmare, Mpulki said the students at the school made him appreciate America, and he said he appreciated the State Department grant that brought him to the United States.

"I guess I like to say, 'Thank you very much the government of the United States for to bring me here to get a good experience at the school and a good education.' "
Full and Uncut story can be read here: http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/07/15/us.exchange.students/index.html#cnnSTCText

also featured in one Tanzanian local newspaper - ThisDay

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