They Shoot Children Don't They?
 

1991 "THEY SHOOT CHILDREN DON'T THEY?"

In Guatemalan City street children were a nuisance, so the police killed them. The film shows their lives and deaths. Following the broadcast, audiences started a huge letter- writing campaign to stop the violence. This international outrage resulted in four policemen being imprisoned.
 

Broadcast on BBC Everyman

..telephone calls were followed by nearly 4000 letters to Guatemala complaining about the treatment of street children by the police. The Guatemalan embassy in London, and Amnesty International, were deluged with telephone calls...following the broadcast the level of violence dropped to 3 a month from 13 - 14 a month"
Isabel Hilton, Independent on Sunday



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