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 can emerge unscathed. Abductions are actions committed to inflict psychological murder. The tightly-linked U.S. and Japanese governments have long and will continue to sidestep this human rights violation until both accept responsibility. It has required a long-term effort at great human cost to sustain this tragedy. It is our obligation to pay the greater cost to put an end to the Japanese’ 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 responsive to them. Child abduction emotionally derails a parent’s and child’s lives.
“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
“And I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it
And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it
Then I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’
But I’ll know my song well before I start singin’”
– Bob Dylan
“Thou perceivest the flowers
Put forth their precious odours,
And none can tell how from so small a centre
Come such sweets.”
– William Blake