Wednesday, 29 August 2007

In Peckham the problem is family breakdown

[...] According to local youth worker and musician Jason Castro, for most young people in Peckham, the biggest hero is without doubt 50 Cent. "They say 'he's got bare money' - they like the fact he is rich and that he can get the girls," he says.

Mr Castro believes that society has until the age of eight, nine at the latest, to influence children into making the right choices. After that, the laws of the street take over and promising youngsters are lost to the battles of Peckham's notorious frontline - the streets around the bustling shopping area and its cornucopia of world foods - where local gangs do battle with rivals from nearby New Cross.

"Everybody is busy just trying to live, trying to put food on the table for their children. The things outside of that, such as teaching and inspiring - they haven't got time for that. U ltimately, the cause of the problems here is family breakdown," he says. Read more

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