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The Morning Star Baptist Church in Boston was filled with hundreds of mourners, gathered to pay their last respects to a local parishioner. Suddenly, without warning, violence erupted. Thirteen young men in black hoods strode into the church, picked out someone in one of the pews -- and as he tried to escape from the back of the church -- stabbed him nine times on different parts of his body. For the African-American clergy serving Boston's inner city community, and for the charismatic Rev. Eugene Rivers in particular, it was the final straw -- the moment they decided they had to do something about the escalating crisis of violence in the city. The result was the formation of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, an ecumenical group working to mobilize the community around issues affecting African-American and Latino youth -- and especially those at risk from violence, drug abuse and other destructive behavior.
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One in five of the world's population is aged between 12 and 18. In developing countries, where the percentage is much higher, children and young people often carry a huge burden of responsibility yet rarely are their views taken into account. This Life program reports on a Unicef initiative to involve children in decisions that affect their own futures, their families and communities. From post-conflict Sri Lanka to the back-streets of New Delhi children are campaigning to be heard: street children forming the Children's Council in New Delhi, a teenage photographer campaigning for girls to be able to stay in school in Bangladesh, a sixteen year-old fighting discrimination against HIV/AIDS sufferers in Nepal.
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Marina is a young journalist based in Kiev, in the Ukraine. Ten years ago, she won a scholarship to study journalism in the US -- the first of her family ever to travel outside the borders of the former Soviet Union. When she returned to the Ukraine, she found the normal family relationships overturned when her mother implored her to rescue her father from loan sharks threatening to burn down his business and their home. But Marina's story is only too common in other countries throughout the region. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the move from centralized, authoritarian control to market economics and democracy shook the region to the core, destroying the stable and closed world of communism that previously presented young people with a secure, well-trodden path to adulthood.
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Set in Seattle, The Long Night gives voice and meaning to the crisis of minors who are forced and coerced into the American sex trade. The film weaves together the stories of seven people whose lives have been forever changed by this issue.