Photo by Elisa Calvet B. unsplash.com/photos/S3nUOqDmUvc?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditShareLink
Sābanto has been written for adults who are open-minded and like being challenged by different views and perspectives. It is not suitable for younger readers and reader discretion is advised.
In the book I tried to reflect on life and our relationships with each other. My goal was to be honest about the world around us. The book is rough, brutal and sometimes graphic. It is definitely not an easy, relaxing read and it touches on many sensitive subjects that might make some people uncomfortable or even shocked.
My intention was to make readers reflect on what they read and I hope the book will bring the injustice and flaws of the world we live in to their attention. Sābanto tries to expose the issues many people face today that most of us are lucky to never experience.
As I was editing, I was thinking about toning down the book but as I was making the changes, I felt that the book was becoming weaker. It felt like I was lying to myself by not facing the reality of how brutal the world is. It was like writing about a thug who never uses coarse language, a kid who has never cried in their life, or an adult who has never lied. Unrealistic.
Here are some statistics and facts that relate to Sābanto and its content:
“Women are generally more likely than men to be poor and to remain poor for longer periods of time.”
"Poverty is the primary driving force behind women becoming prostitutes."
"The overwhelming majority of children who have sex for money do so out of economic need, particularly in the context of widespread rural poverty."
"Women and girls living in poverty are more vulnerable to sexual exploitation, including trafficking. And those who experience domestic or intimate partner violence have fewer options to leave violent relationships, due to their lack of income and resources."
"Numerous studies have shown that children growing up with violence are more likely to become survivors themselves or perpetrators of violence in the future."
"Several risk factors have been identified that increase the likelihood that a teen will join a gang including the presence of gangs in the neighborhood, having gang members in the family already, histories of sexual or physical abuse, growing up in poverty, having access to weapons and drugs, and a lack of success in other areas of life, such as school."
"There is a close connection between illiteracy and poverty at all levels--global, national, and subnational; the countries with the lowest levels of literacy are also the poorest economically. Poverty breeds illiteracy by forcing children to drop out of school to work, and these illiterate people are forced to stay on the lowest levels of the work force and thus remain in poverty."
“Thousands of children are serving as soldiers in armed conflicts around the world. These boys and girls, some as young as 8 years old, serve in government forces and armed opposition groups. “
And to end on a more positive note - The Onion! “Our Street Gangs Are Probably Using Bad Language”