Obituary: poverty stricken 11-year-old Filipina girl hangs herself

November 10, 2007

“We weren’t able to go to church because we didn’t have any money for transport and my father had a fever so my mother and I had to wash clothes for money.” (link)

That excerpt was from an entry in 11-year-old Mariannet Amper’s diary. She committed suicide by hanging herself with a nylon cord Nov. 2, likely because of her family’s unfortunate state in poverty.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that the media has blown out of proportion an “isolated case.” A comment that enraged many to protest on the streets. Although he later added, “we take responsibility for everything because we are leaders of government. We need to ensure that services are there.”

A representative of an NGO, Global Call to Action against Poverty, said, “One death is too much.”

“We were shocked and saddened by the news of the suicide of 11 year-old girl, and for a few hours our world stopped. To hear the government reducing her death to an isolated case is outrageous.”

 

 

Crowds of sympathizers filed into the Santa Cruz chapel, where the Mass for the 12-year-old girl was held, before proceeding in a long procession to the unkempt cemetery, which looked as miserable as the girl’s destitute life.

Stepping on tombs, some of the girl’s classmates wailed as they took a last look at their classmate, whom they described as “jolly,” now lying in a white wooden coffin under a lone mango tree amidst a jungle of poorly kept tombs. (link)

All classmates and community members that attended the funeral agree that Mariannet made a poor choice. They too are affected by the poverty crisis, but wouldn’t resort to such drastic measure. Her classmate, Mary Riza Jumawan, 12, said that her family’s condition is similar, but options still remain.

“We’re also poor but I will not hang myself because I want to study and become a teacher. If my parents can’t afford to send me to school, then I’ll finish my studies as a working student like (my) elder sisters”

24-year-old mother of three, Anabel Carbonella, a neighbor, maintains the community’s consensus that suicide was an easy way out. She said, “Even if we are poor, we should not stop striving because there is hope if we try hard.”

Mariannet Amper is survived by a younger brother, her mother and father.

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3 Responses to “Obituary: poverty stricken 11-year-old Filipina girl hangs herself”

  1. Emily Says:

    thats sooooo sad i fell bad for her and her family im sooo sryy

  2. tedbohne Says:

    EASY WAY OUT?!!!! What sort of degenerate said that!! Children that age don’t clearly understand the permanence of death!! Jesus F. Christ!!! The Phillipine government sounds as bad as under Marcos. You Phillipinos have lost one of your greatest treasures!!! Damn the lot of you!!!

    tedbohne
    N321MM@msn.com

  3. tedbohne Says:

    You people sound like americans. always trying to shift the blame to someone else. Cowards, you are, one and all. EVERYONE OF YOU STANDS GUILTY OF THIS. This child was just a little girl. you people are some real “winners!” For the dumb ones, that means you’re a bunch of LOSERS!!

    tedbohne
    N321MM@msn.com


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