Young Boy Commits Suicide Because His Family is Poor

Being poor in this world is truly a sad situation to be in as we must admit that money is indeed important to do everything you need in o...

Young Boy Commits Suicide Because His Family is Poor

Being poor in this world is truly a sad situation to be in as we must admit that money is indeed important to do everything you need in order to survive. Unfortunately, poverty is not a rare case. A lot of people from different continents of the earth are experiencing this fate. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.” Poverty and its effects on other people is truly sad to see. Another case of death due to poverty can be found from China, what makes it more sad is that it was actually suicide - the young boy took his life as he can't accept that his family is poor.


Xiao Jie (not his real name), A 16-year-old boy from Wuxi in Eastern China took his own life because his family was poor. He had arguments with his father before committing suicide. Xiao felt so hopeless about their life as he sees there's no other way for them to get out of the poverty mark. He even felt resentment towards their rented apartment’s small size. After their argument, his father went home from buying groceries. He got the shock of his life as he saw his young son dead.


Xiao drank poison and shockingly slashed his own throat after drinking it to make sure he won't survive. His mouth was foaming after drinking electrolyte fluid, but his father still believes that they can still save him and called the police for assistance. They were able to take him to the hospital but even the doctors were not able to revive and save him.


This depressing story makes us remember that there's indeed a trend that low-income parents have higher rates of depression and depressive symptoms than their higher-income counterparts. Studies shows that parents with persistent depression invest less time with their children on positive activities such as reading, outings, trips to the park, and indoor play. This leads their children to feel hopeless about their situation and denies adult attention and interactions that are crucial for safe and healthy development which is essential for their growth and development as a person.
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