A tragedy in Guatemala

Considering but one of the outcomes of a fire at a government-run group home for at-risk teenagers which killed 41 girls behind locked doors outside of which police stood, the survival of fifteen girls, we must face the true horror of some of the gods’ earthily experiments. Prior to their “place[ment] there for their own protection”, the girls were already “survivors of sexual abuse, violence or abandonment — often at the hands of their own families”. Prior to their housemates’ deaths, several had reached out to others to report abuse including but not limited to preventable health-related complications, rape, and “taking a few of the girls out at midnight, bathing them and dressing them and forcing them to sleep with strangers”. As a consequence of an en masse escape attempt by one hundred youth at the facility and after hours of girls being incarcerated in a small room without access to a bathroom, “someone lit a match, thinking a fire might force the police to let them out.” The key hung from the belt of a police supervisor ten feet from doors it could unlock. Surviving it all thus far, one girl whose eyelids, lips, and nose were burned off in the fire is said to hardly go out anymore “to avoid the stares and teasing from other children.”

My local point to this cosmic tragedy is this: should I find any students developing medical devices bound for Guatemala suggesting to include polystyrene which was responsible for “searing the[] flesh and muting the[] cries with noxious smoke” of 56 girls locked in a room, I’ll be more than a little upset about it.