Friday, February 25, 2011

The Dark Side of Chocolate

Every Thursday night we have a movie night where we watch a movie that deals with a justice issue.  We have watched Amazing Grace (which deals with the slave trade), Invictus (which deals with racism), and last night we watched a documentary called, "The Dark Side of Chocolate."

The documentary investigates the continued allegations of trafficking of children and child labor in the international chocolate industry.  Undercover journalists show how children are taken from Mali and other West African countries, and smuggled into the Ivory Coast, where they are forced to work on cocoa plantations.  Although there are individuals actively working to rescue kids out of being trafficked and from working as slaves, it has not been enough to create real change. 

It's hard to imagine that things like this actually happen in our world.  In July, I will be in San Jose, Costa Rica doing the Children at Risk school, which goes more in-depth with issues such as trafficking, abuse, slavery, neglect, and other issues that children in our world face.  There is a 3 month lecture phase, and then a 6 month outreach phase of my choice, to go to a place and work with children who are considered at risk.

1 comment:

David Matheney said...

I will be doing my DTS in San Jose, Costa Rica starting April 8th. So I hope to meet you this summer. Good luck with your outreach. I just got back from 2 weeks in Haiti. You will have a great time! Peace&Love, Dave