14 Aug '11, 1am

A glimpse of what poverty looks like in the UK today

By Himaya Quasem Assistant to Editor [email protected] Amid the looted shops and burnt out cars, one element of the recent riots in Britain stood out as particularly shocking. Some of the rioters were as young as nine. Even at such tender years, children in urban areas across Britain are being drawn into a brutal gang culture born out of deep-rooted social deprivation. While this does not excuse the senseless destruction which has cost at least five lives in Britain this week, it is important to look at some of the underlying causes behind the mayhem. I caught a glimpse of what poverty in a developed country looks like during a visit last year to a youth centre just down the road from Brixton, one of the London neighbourhoods blighted by violence during the four day rampage. At the end of every school day, poor black, white and Asian children head to the centre where they...

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