Slumdog millionaire children not adjusting to being home at all

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Slumdog millionaire children not adjusting to being home at all

Now here is an interesting situation. How do you get people to readjust back into poverty after they have experienced being rich?

In this case we are not just talking about not having money, and having money, that wouldn't be so hard, but from sleeping on a dirt floor, in a place with no sanitation to staying in a normal western home with beds and toilets.

This is the problem the slumdog child actors are facing. Is it better not to have shown them what life could be like instead of returning them to such a deprived environment. Is this an act of cruelty and not kindness?

Azhar, 10, spent the weekend vomiting and has developed a temperature of 103 degrees since returning home last week after travelling to the Oscars with co-star Rubina Ali, 9.

He has been prescribed antibiotics by doctors, who said he is suffering from fever and exhaustion, but his condition has continued to worsen.

Azhar's neighbours have also rallied round to build an 8ft by 5ft metal structure for him to sleep under out of the sun.

The families of the two child stars have said their children are not readjusting to life back in the slums after five days of glitz and glamour in Los Angeles.

Mother Shameem Ismail said:
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It has all become too much for him. He is very ill and has not recovered from going to America and all the media interest since we got back.
Rubina's father Rafiq Qureshi said.
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Getting used to life back here in the slum again is proving tough for her and she has not wanted to see her friends since she got back. She just wants to spend all her time away from the slum now and I just hope we get the flat that has been promised to us.
Both the Mumbai housing authority and Slumdog's producer Christian Colson have said they are going to provide proper flats for the two families. However, as yet the families have been told nothing and remain in the deprived slum.

Azhar, cuddling his new pet guinea pig, said:
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I am very sad. I feel sleepy, hot and sick all the time. I can't get to sleep here – there are too many mosquitoes and it is so hot. I just wish I was in America still.
Having flown in a plane, slept in a soft bed and used a clean and functioning bathroom for the first time in their lives at a five-star hotel, the kids say they have now realised what life is like on the other side of the coin and the reality of being back in the slum is hitting them hard.

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I don't want to live here in the slum anymore. I don't want to sleep on the floor anymore. I want a proper bed and live where the air does not smell of poo. I have seen what it is like in America. Here, there is garbage everywhere, people get angry, swear and shout. I have realised how bad life is here. I just want to get out.
Rubina said, wearing the dirt stained ball gown that she has not wanted to take off since Oscars night.

Social workers have called for the children to be placed in care and state that they need to be given protection – either from Danny Boyle and the film production company or the Indian authorities.
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I cannot believe these kids have just been left like this after being taken to Hollywood. It is bound to affect them psychologically
said social worker Sanjay Bhatia, who works in the slum.

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The boy when returning home was beaten by his father because he wanted to go to bed instead of giving interviews. A reporter had paid the father for an interview with his son who refused, the father in a rage beat him.

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Exhausted by a chaotic welcome and a long flight from Los Angeles, he was given the day off school yesterday. But when he refused to step outside his home in the Dharavi
slum in Bandra to speak to journalists, his father lashed out.

‘His father went mad,’ said a witness.

‘He wanted to show his son off to journalists and local people, but Azharuddin said he wanted to be left alone because he was tired.’

By netchicken: posted on 2-3-2009

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