Rui was abducted to Japan by his mother in June, 2010.
This website is dedicated with love to my son, Louis Samuel Prager.
Child abduction is a crime from which no child has ever emerged unscathed. Abductions are psychological murder. And if we allow them, the U.S. and Japanese governments will continue to sidestep the tensions which this human rights atrocity brings into the relationship between our two countries. I believe that the relationship between Japan and the United States can only be improved in the long-term by efforts to resolve this crisis and put an end to Japan’s state sponsorship of child abduction.
A deep, one might say, revolutionary change must occur in order for children to begin to have their rights respected, and for global institutions to become globally responsive to them. Child abduction makes a child’s life emotionally chaotic, lurching forward as recklessly as a runaway train.
“Marx says that revolutions are the locomotives of world history. But the situation may be quite different. Perhaps revolutions are not the train ride, but the human race grabbing for the emergency brake.” – Walter Benjamin
“Thou perceivest the flowers
Put forth their precious odours,
And none can tell how from so small a centre
Come such sweets.”
- William Blake