"What I hope for the future is that there will be no going back to war. That’s what I hope."--Augustino Buya
“I would like to return to my village but we don’t have the money to travel, and the water is still there…we can’t go back there…but I want to return when the water has gone. I want to rebuild our home because it was destroyed, and restart our livelihood.”
A revealing mini-lecture on population points to the role fighting poverty plays in the world’s future.
For kids in Haiti's camps, painting helps "to recover, to restart our lives."
The hardship people are enduring is profound. I won't forget it. But there's something else I won't forget either: the ingenuity of the kids and their ability to set aside their worries, even if it's for only a few minutes.
As Sebastian told me his story, his voice fell almost to a whisper. I had to lean in close to hear him.
While some in Port-au-Prince are able to find ways to feel a bit of normalcy, I wonder about the children and how this disaster may have altered their perspective—and sense of security—forever.
If Americans are going to read about HIV/AIDS-affected people in Africa, I'd rather they hear about the kinds of people we work with at Oxfam--change agents, caregivers, and community leaders--instead of children to be scooped up and rescued.
According to Singer, it is possible to live an ethical life in a Bombay world--one that contains both great wealth and stark emptiness.