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Posted by SALVE (Questions: 27, Answers: 69)
Asked on December 1, 2017 10:33 am
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Huge question: But how shall we define ”force” ? Legally, physically or more…. ? Within the question who is ”we” as in ”Should we force…”?
(Fiona at December 14, 2017 10:56 am)
Forcing is a big word!
(Maxime, Manchester at December 14, 2017 11:28 am)
No, we dont need to force the homeless children to go home because they have no home so you cant drop them home,what we have to do is to involve them in some Ngos so that they can get the help such as education,housing and medication
(sucsses at December 14, 2017 11:35 am)
No. because it was all their ideas coming on the streets so going back should also be their decision.
(Karlmarx(Uganda) at December 14, 2017 11:37 am)
I can take my self home why should you force me.
(ivan(uganda) at December 14, 2017 11:41 am)
I think everyone has a choice to decide what he/she wants.
(OSAMA(UGANDA) at December 14, 2017 11:45 am)
i think no one should force a street child to go back home, because it was his/her option to come on the street.
(DAN(Uganda) at December 14, 2017 11:46 am)
With your question I feel force is too strong a word so I think if they were offered that would be better. But to be honest I think the main goal for any homeless person is to be homed so I don’t see it to be massive problematic. If you want a yes or no answer then I would say yes.
(Amreen, Manchester at December 14, 2017 11:46 am)
Fiona i agree with you because anything to do with forcing someone to do something violates his/her rights so i believe everyone has a right to make decision in his/her life.
(brenda(Uganda) at December 14, 2017 11:49 am)
forcing children to go back home doesn’t make meaning without knowing the route cause of the child being on the street
(ham(Uganda) at December 14, 2017 12:06 pm)
for the fact that the question says homeless people so where will they be forced to if they don’t have homes?
(brenda(Uganda) at December 14, 2017 12:09 pm)
when children start leaving on the streets it means they are given that allowance to stay on the streets so i don’t see the reason why they should be forced to leave the streets.
(brenda(Uganda) at December 14, 2017 12:22 pm)
NO,because they don’t know there problems.
(k2 at December 14, 2017 12:33 pm)
YES,bec.ause others they run away from with out big problems
(kat's(uganda) at December 14, 2017 12:39 pm)
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Some people prefer the freedom of the street – fewer rules and expectations. But children need to be protected from harm and they are in danger from others when they live on the street. We have a duty to protect them.
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Posted by Chaffinch, Kenya (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 14, 2017 12:54 pm
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Forcing children to go home can be forcing them to go back to abuse or other problems. Without knowing the reasons for their homelessness, help can be limited. Is it better not to help at all than to force a child into a worse situation?
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Posted by Chaffinch, Kenya (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 14, 2017 12:50 pm
Are children afraid of leaving the street? What stops them accepting help? Are they afraid of being forced to go back to a bad situation? I think fear can stop children getting what they need. The adults need to listen to how the children feel and what they need.
(Chaffinch, Kenya at December 14, 2017 12:52 pm)
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People have rights to choose, as long as they are doing no harm to anyone. However, does a child have capacity to make a decision? Can a child make that decision? Can a 4-year-old? Can a 12-year-old? If someone has capacity to freely choose to live on the street, what is the problem? If they are doing no harm to anyone (violence, nuisance, theft) is there a problem?
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Posted by Chaffinch, Kenya (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 14, 2017 12:48 pm
Age and experience help people make decisions. But it’s complicated. A child may be very capable but their decision is still influenced by their emotions and memories and experiences.
(Chaffinch, Kenya at December 14, 2017 12:55 pm)
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East to west home is the best they should not be forced but encouraged to be home
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Posted by Pius, Uganda (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 14, 2017 12:27 pm
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Everyone deserves a right to decision and it’s not good to force someone do something
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Posted by Yasin, Uganda (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 14, 2017 12:21 pm
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Not force. Offer and encourage.
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Posted by Zara, UK (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 14, 2017 12:18 pm
forcing me i can’t do what you what but peacefully we can all benefit and be happy.
(elvis king(uganda) at December 14, 2017 12:26 pm)
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Homelessness is not simply the lack of homes but is due to wider failures in support structures i.e. it stems from things like drug and alcohol abuse, mental health problems, relationship problems, etc. Any intervention that fails to address such root issues is doomed to failure
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Posted by Adrian, Manchester (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 14, 2017 12:17 pm
I ageee with Adrian. Unfortunately a lot of homeless people have been in homes on and off and due to the issues Adrian mentioned can’t cope in a home the way most people do. I don’t think forcing someone into a home is the solution if someone can’t cope in that situation and needs different kinds of help. Also depends on where the housing is etc. as I know a lot of people are often housed away from their support networks and sometimes feel safer on the street within a network of friends. Also agree that force is a strong word- if they don’t want to go then it is technically just putting them in prison isn’t it, if without force they won’t go or stay
(Katherine, Manchester at December 14, 2017 12:56 pm)
Definitely agree Katharine. There are reasons behind a person being homeless and they can’t be forced to cope in a home like other people without help. The same difficulties that made them leave a home will still be there.
(Chaffinch, Kenya at December 14, 2017 1:18 pm)
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All people deserve to be home that helps to define them well
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Posted by Aguma, Uganda (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 14, 2017 12:04 pm
You are right
(Rebecca at December 14, 2017 12:08 pm)
It depends which home
(elvis king(uganda) at December 14, 2017 12:27 pm)
Who will provide these homes and what do they look like? There are too many variables involved.
(Tricia, Manchester at December 14, 2017 12:30 pm)
These home should be so caring with much love for children
(Ivan(Uganda) at December 14, 2017 12:39 pm)
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not force, but make an offer to help solve other issues beside housing so they can become independent. If we force them into housing it’ll end up a prison and then it becomes hard to help anybody. Besides you would drive them away from all other services for fear of forced housing.
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Posted by Matthias, Brussels (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 14, 2017 12:00 pm
surely its a desired act, reunion of loved ones is adorable. this is where the origin is and it brings the family back to whole hence growth, happiness and completeness. however it should be done rightly ie. at right time, when the child is fully ready and the family ready to receive them.
(Paul Tulirinya at December 14, 2017 12:46 pm)
I am thinking, if the person needs to be forced to live in a home – either return to an existing one or in a new one – that means it is not what they desire. That suggests there is some underlying issue that makes them prefer the street to a home. Addressing that issue/issues seems to be preferable to simply forcing the person to live in a home, that would just hide the problem from the rest of society and not resolve it.
(Matthias at December 14, 2017 12:55 pm)
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Forcing a child without addressing the problem is useless.
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Posted by Henry, Uganda (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 14, 2017 11:53 am
Yea it’s true you have to go and consult with the parents before you take back that person.
(MUBARAKA(UG) at December 14, 2017 12:03 pm)
So what do you think we can do? I always want to help homeless people but it’s hard to know the right way. Giving them money for drugs seems to make things worse
(Gareth at December 14, 2017 12:06 pm)
Money is not solution but what comes out of your mouth can change someones life.
(mubaraka(ug) at December 14, 2017 12:32 pm)
It’s good to help Gareth but it’s good to first relate with that person before you can really help.
(Denis, Uganda at December 14, 2017 12:34 pm)
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No because the people forcing me back home have no idea of what brought me on streets.
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Posted by Alex, Uganda (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 14, 2017 11:53 am
True – but isn’t a better home what you want and came to the streets to get?
(Ronald at December 14, 2017 12:04 pm)
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The right to choose is a fundamental right that everyone should have However, as with homelessness and other things, its a question of if they have all the facts or not and if they are able to comprehend everything… thats where the freedom of choice should be focused on
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Posted by Frank, Kenya (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 14, 2017 11:24 am
homeless child should be taken home because of my following reason. street is not a home and many challges forexample being arrested, no food, sickness.
(MUBARAKA(UG) at December 14, 2017 11:38 am)
They should not force the homeless children to go home because some of the children are born on streets so they have no home and his whole life has been on streets so he/her has no choice
(T BUG at December 14, 2017 11:41 am)
So would you leave a young child or a sick person homeless? Would you not think this person cannot make that decision because of age or health so I must help them with what I can?
(Robert uk at December 14, 2017 11:58 am)
By forcing them we’d take away their autonomy, on what grounds would we have a right to do that?
(Laura, Manchester at December 14, 2017 12:33 pm)
in most cases some children start leaving on the streets because of group influence and poor parenting styles. if parents can be taught parenting styles and children are guided and taught about the dangers of peer influence then this can be of help.
(ham(Uganda) at December 14, 2017 1:04 pm)
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In the same way that it should be illegal for a child not to go to school, it should be illegal for them not to have a roof over their head. As long as the places they are taken to are hospitable and supportive
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Posted by El, Nottingham (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 14, 2017 11:22 am
How could you police this? Would you arrest people? If so who do you arrest? The people not providing the places to stay or the children?
(Debs USA at December 14, 2017 11:56 am)
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We believe there is always a reason as to why they are #homeless. If the reason is found, then it’s better helping them overcome that reason rather than just forcing them in to homes where they might feel no connection sometimes.
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Posted by Streetlights Uganda, Uganda (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 14, 2017 11:20 am
Yea that’s right b’se although you force me to a home when i don’t like it i will just run away from there.
(Elvis king(uganda) at December 14, 2017 11:51 am)
When the reason is found out the one way to go is through counseling and guidance.
(Karlmarx(Uganda) at December 14, 2017 12:19 pm)
We need to address the reasons they are on the street. Maybe they had abuse at home and are now afraid. Or they have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Just putting people in a house doesn’t change everything.
(Chaffinch, Kenya at December 14, 2017 12:53 pm)
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People with permanent accomodation tend to have longer, more healthy lives. It provides them with a fundamental right of a roof over their heads. It could also allow better access to medical help, as well as programmes for personal development. But, you’re infringing on their personal liberty, if somebody doesn’t WANT a roof over their heads that’s their decision? Sheltered accomodation doesn’t always prove safety, either, with some reports suggesting without proper care and supervision it can lead to incidents of violence and theft. It also raises a question re travelling people – they choose not to have a traditional brick and mortar ‘home’, but would one force them into such accommodation?
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Posted by Toby, London (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 14, 2017 11:19 am
Should we force them to live in homes? Are they reluctant to live somewhere warm and dry?
(Toli, Manchester at December 14, 2017 11:57 am)
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I don’t think you can.. it can only be offered A lot of homeless people have housing but due to mental illness etc they still sleep out
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Posted by Emma, Newark (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 14, 2017 11:14 am
First find out the problem then get the solution equation solved.
(Elvis king(uganda) at December 14, 2017 11:56 am)
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I don’t think we should force people to leave the streets and go into homes. But we should work with them to provide services and counselling, wherever they are, and help them to decide the best way forward for themselves.
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Posted by Laura, Manchester :) (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 14, 2017 11:07 am
I think the government should construct some charity projects that can help the children who are homeless,in so doing all the homeless children will be forced to go into the government developed projects.
(isaac at December 14, 2017 11:47 am)
Forcing is a big word. No one likes being forced against their own will. It’s better for us to understand their situation and work with them to make their lives and wellbeing better.
(rawdneyk, Uganda at December 14, 2017 12:40 pm)
Isaac what if the government isn’t willing to do this? And doesn’t support the charities who do this? How do the children know that the government has their best interests at heart? Do you think it really does?
(Laura, UK at December 14, 2017 12:55 pm)
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No one should have to live on the streets and we should make sure that there is enough money made available to fund services that are big enough to meet the current levels of need. People should have the choice about if they want to access the services or not, using force will not lead to long term success. The challenge comes at the moment where people might like to access services to leave the streets but there isnt always enough space and funds to give them a place when they want and need it.
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Posted by Nicola UK (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 14, 2017 10:11 am
I agree with the idea but think the chance of getting the government or others to give more money wont happen. Governments are greedy and dont see the street kids as people.
(Rachel Rwanda at December 14, 2017 11:07 am)
Here in Manchester we have lots of people on the streets even though we have winter weather right now so I think that having more homes available for people would help a lot. Sometimes the off putting part is the strings the help comes with i.e. you have to worship their religion or attend certain classes and that can also put people off. Help should be given freely without conditions I think
(Ali Manchester at December 14, 2017 11:10 am)
I think they is no need to force the children off the streets ,because some kids leave home with reasons and so i suggest that we just have to seat them done and talk to them and find out where they are comfortable and have good connections.
(ivan at December 14, 2017 11:57 am)
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We cant force people leave street by force but instead try sweet talking to them, sensitizing them ..
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Posted by Emma, Jinja (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 13, 2017 12:23 pm
What if its dangerous to their lives ie right now in the uk we have a lot of snow. If they dont accept to be helped and it will lead to their serious illness or death do we then have a moral case to force them?
(Alex UK at December 14, 2017 8:37 am)
Emma sweet talking to them will even do harm than good cause after they have left streets and you fail to full fill your promise, then it means they will still come back even when more dangerous and it might be hard for them to trust any one else again
(Karlmarx(Uganda) at December 14, 2017 12:43 pm)
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I was interested to learn about this project. Do you think discussion about issues like this can lead to change in the real world? For example if most people here agree that forcing people into homes isn’t a good idea – how can you make a difference with your ideas?
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Posted by Curious friend in Manchester (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 7, 2017 1:09 pm
There are a few points to raise here: 1.The purpose of this movement & how does it serve the homeless youth? 2.Being cautious & conscientious of using the word “force” 3.Why are children/people on the streets? What resources are available to them & how sustainable is the project?
(La Pasionaria at December 7, 2017 1:27 pm)
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In theory its a sensible idea but it cant be somewhere horrible. It needs to be somewhere that respects the persons rights and freedom.
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Posted by Anonymous (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 5, 2017 10:16 pm
Forcing someone to do something doesn’t help. He/she does, not as a wish but just because that’s what he/she is needed to do. I think homeless people need to be listened to and helped to make decisions of leaving streets by themselves.
(Faisal Uganda at December 6, 2017 8:00 am)
Sincerely speaking l don’t fancy the forceful mean of resettlement. This is because personal commitment and understanding makes one be a driver of their action and also leaves them taking full responsibility of their makings. Thus sitting down someone, taking their views and ideas n then elaborating to them the importance of leaving the streets is best mode, because you can forcefully resettle them n have them back again. Thus not a sufficient mode.
(Paul Uganda at December 6, 2017 8:00 am)
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What kind of homes? Are they nice? Do they feel safe? Will they be given privacy and space? Will their friends be allowed to come with them? Will anyone make them follow rues if they move into the homes?
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Posted by Amy UK (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 5, 2017 10:12 pm
What sort of force? As it sounds like putting them in prison to get them off the streets if you force them.
(Will UK at December 5, 2017 10:52 pm)
Prevention is better than cure, forcing them won’t work, you need to fix the cause and device a means to help them stay at home.
(Sara Uganda at December 6, 2017 7:59 am)
Yes but they can’t listen to you if you do it by force,try to convince them and make them understand the reality,how they’re of great value to the world and not ruin the rest of their life on streets
(Andrew Uganda at December 7, 2017 1:25 pm)
Can they know if a home will be ‘nice’ if all their previous experiences of home are negative?
(Chaffinch, Kenya at December 14, 2017 12:55 pm)
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A child is too young to decide if they should live on the streets or not. Adults are supposed to care for children and advise them of the best way forwards. So yes in the case of a child I agree they should be housed even if they don’t want to be in their best interests.
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Posted by Maggie UK (Questions: 0, Answers: 8454)
Answered on December 5, 2017 10:57 am
No, we shouldn’t force them to leave the street. We need to first address the cause of them leaving home, resolve it and thereafter engage with them on the idea of leaving the street, if they accept to be taken home then take them home.
(Alfred Uganda at December 5, 2017 12:24 pm)
Is forcing someone to be housed a bit like putting them in prison?
(Amy UK at December 5, 2017 10:14 pm)
I agree that all children deserve to live in a home and would benefit from it, but it is a decision which is unique to every child and every situation. In some cases children may have chosen to leave home, in which cases they are likely to have a good reason for doing so.
(Hannah at December 6, 2017 11:36 am)
At the @DianaAward we continue #PrincessDiana’s believe that young people, with the right support, have the power to change their world! We as adults have a responsibility to support and empower young people to play an active role in issues that affect them.
(Tessy Ojo (CEO of The Diana Award) at December 7, 2017 1:26 pm)
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Homeless people have the right to decide whether they want to remain on the streets or move into a home. We can’t force them to move, all we can do is support them with their decision by providing them with food, warm clothing etc.
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Answered on December 3, 2017 11:13 pm
Similarly we need to get their views as to why they are on streets, then come up with interventions on how to help them.
(Robert Uganda at December 6, 2017 7:58 am)
Many people leave their homes to come and stay on the streets because of many reasons. Before understanding the causes why they are on the streets and looking for solutions to address the causes then forcing them back home doesn’t change anything because they will still come back on the streets
(Brenda Uganda at December 6, 2017 7:59 am)
I suggest that all parents and guidians should know how to handle children and guide them on how life is.
(dan at December 14, 2017 12:06 pm)
if the government can consider setting up more organizations that are street child connected this can be of more help than forcing them back home to leave the streets because these organizations will focus more on these children by doing counseling, home tracings, resettling the children back to their families after knowing where the problem could have come from and make a decision of going back home and also doing follow ups to ensure that the children settle fully at home
(brenda(Uganda) at December 14, 2017 12:52 pm)
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Posted by SALVE (Questions: 27, Answers: 69)
Answered on December 1, 2017 10:36 am
yes, because they might not have any big problem at home that made them to leave home and stay in the streets.
(Abuduh(uganda) at December 14, 2017 11:35 am)
NO,Because they don’t want to go home because they might have committed a big offense at home that is why they run and stay in the streets.
(Richard(uganda) at December 14, 2017 11:51 am)
NO,because you don’t know what made them to come to street.
(Ezera(uganda) at December 14, 2017 12:00 pm)
Forcing them to leave the streets does not help, first find out from them what took them to the streets in the first place and see away of helping them out but forcing won’t help anyway.
(Sarah(uganda) at December 14, 2017 12:04 pm)
Of course NO they need some one they can tell their story to and need the love and attention like any other human being, forcing does not help, they as well have their rights to decide.
(Sarah(uganda) at December 14, 2017 12:11 pm)
i think we shouldn”t force street children too go home because street children have a right to make an option.
(DAN(uganda) at December 14, 2017 12:38 pm)
Using force does not help, because these people need some one to listen to their story, they need love and attention like any other human being, so enough counseling and making time for them will definitely make them go back home with out any force at all.
(Sarah(uganda) at December 14, 2017 12:49 pm)
we shouldn’t force street children to go home because every one has his/her problems
(Dan(uganda) at December 14, 2017 12:55 pm)
I think it’s important to realise that it’s not a quick solution. It may be many months after an organisation gets involved before a child can successfully leave the street. More likely to fail if it’s too fast – the child could rebel against the process – feel unsafe.
(Chaffinch, Kenya at December 14, 2017 1:09 pm)
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