Give me one minute: I am just waiting for a chance to see the world

Give me one minute: I am just waiting for a chance to see the world

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Screen-grab from the video "Snapshot to Tokyo" by Wong Ka-ming
Screen-grab from the video "Snapshot to Tokyo" by Wong Ka-ming


I have a dream to travel around the world. Tokyo, Hokkaido, Dubai, Maldives; they are all my dream destinations. For years I have been living a dull life in a school dormitory, where no entertainment is allowed. The classroom is right next to the dormitory.

I come from a very poor family. My parents divorced when I was only seven or eight. I haven't seen my dad since then. Recently, I met my aunt and discovered that my dad actually works very hard. 

He helped build the Tsing Ma Bridge, gaining praise from his employer. Sadly, he was also addicted to gambling. He would gamble away his earnings as soon as he was paid. He borrowed money from friends and relatives to pay off his debts. My mother decided to divorce him. Now my mother and I rely on each other, and social security, to survive.

Growing up without a dad sometimes makes me feel lost. When I was in primary school, I often skipped class because I was obsessed with video games. One day, the police took me away because I was "naughty". 

But I continued to run away from school. Since Form One, I have attended a juvenile care centre. It is a school for students with behavioural and emotional problems. The social worker said it was more suitable for me. I've been there for four years now.

Life is boring. There is no entertainment and no hanging out with friends. I used to live in the school, and was only allowed to go home on weekends. 

Luckily, since starting Form Four, I've been a "commuting student". This means I can leave school every day. Although I commute for nearly three hours each day, it is worth it for the freedom. 

I love walking around by myself. But I feel like I have seen most of Hong Kong now. It is too small for me. I want to travel to different places around the world, and learn about different cultures. I just can't afford to do so.

Young people should all have a chance to meet new friends from around the world, and learn from different cultures. I wish my dad would come back and travel with me. I wish he could see me growing up.

November 20, 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF HK’s Believe In Zero, Make A Video aims to bring one-minute life stories of forgotten children to the public’s attention.

The programme is co-organized by UNICEF HK, the Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academy of Film, Hong Kong Arts Centre and Incubator for Film and Visual Media in Asia, with support from Young Post. You can check out the videos online at www.unicef.org.hk/makeavideo

 

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