Now, in Bolivia when you call an emergency, the responses times are not as quick. Needless to say, the family left about 10 minutes later in a taxi (father was driving) and the response team didn't arrive until about 30 minutes after the phone call.
My heart is heavy for this family. The public display of violence: yelling, verbal abuse indicates that there would be more violent tendencies in the privacy of a home. The appearance of the kids with unkempt hair and dirty clothes. The mother sitting there helplessly. Please pray with me for the mother and 2 children.
In this culture, there is a lot of domestic abuse: sexual, verbal and physical. There is also an ingrained mentality of acceptance of said abuse because the machismo culture. A 2013 Study by Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention share that intimate partner violence in Bolivia is 35 percent larger than the next highest abuse rate of 38.6 percent for both Colombia and Peru. Bolivia tops other Latin American countries by a margin.
Please pray with me that this mother will find the strength to keep herself and her kids safe. That God will protect each one and that she can seek help.
I am also learning to act when I see something that gives a red-flag. Maybe I should have intervened sooner. Maybe I should have stopped immediately and asked if the woman needed help. I'm still wondering if I should have confronted the man myself and risk the violence turning on me. Maybe it would have diffused it, maybe not. All I can do is pray for this family.