"14. The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live. If we are frightened of being badly treated in our own country, we all have the right to run away to another country to be safe."
Now read the short story about this important human right.
The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live
Lily is sixteen. Her brother Georgie is only eleven. They live together with their single mother. Their parents are divorced.
and Georgie's mother is not well. She is depressed and drinks a lot.
When she drinks, she gets very angry. She screams at them, throws
things, and sometimes even hits them. Lily worries that she and her
brother are not really safe at home.
Lily tells Georgie to pack a bag. One Friday after school, Lily and Georgie take a bus to their father's city.
is happy to see them, but he is also surprised. He asks them why they
are there. Lily explains that they are scared of their mother, and that
they need a safe place to live.
Their father is shocked. He
does not know that their mother is in such bad shape. He invites them
to stay with him. He takes care of everything so they can live
together. He gets their mother the help she needs.
Georgie are very happy with their father. They feel safe and are able
to get the care they need. They make new friends and do well at their
new school. They miss their mother but they also know they were right
to seek a safe place to live.