The reports of children in detention facilities — and the conditions they are being held in — are devastating. Here’s some of what we know:
- Lawyers touring a detention facility discovered a premature infant who was so ill she would have died without immediate treatment. Three toddlers also needed hospitalization for the neglect they were suffering.
- An 8-year-old girl struggling to take care of an unrelated two-year-old toddler in custody because there was no one else caring for him.
- Kids have been sedated forcibly, forced to sleep on concrete floors under bright lights 24/7, been held in isolation for days, and had pepper spray used on them.
- No toothbrushes, toothpaste, or diapers and a lack of inadequate water. Kids forced to go weeks without bathing or a clean change of clothes.
We are called not to turn away in horror, but to bear witness to this suffering. We must pray — for children, for parents, for U.S. leaders.
And as we weep with these children who weep, we also are called to “defend the rights of the poor and needy,” (Prov 31:9). What can we do?