In Light of What They Suffer

I watched that video this week about a place where they make mud pies so they can give their children something to eat. I only wish it was in a far off land that I could be somewhat skeptical about and forget because I probably won’t ever go there. But this is a place I’ve actually traveled through a time or two on local transportation with the people in this video (or at least they could have been the very same people). I’ve actually seen those dirt cookies selling on the street. I’ve actually seen people eating them. I typically don’t like to share things that make Haiti out to be this terribly wretched place. Not everyone in Haiti is eating dirt. Lots of rice and beans (but for most not enough), but not dirt. However, it is true that this is the reality for some. It is because of these and others in danger of becoming the “some” that I am sharing this now. Those some are some of our KOFAEL ladies who live all too near the area where this video was filmed living this surviving day to day existence. Some of them have faced this reality in the past and we never want to see them have to face it again.

“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do and more in the light of what they suffer.”

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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