"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

6.23.2007

the worst place in the world


Please take a moment to read today's haunting post in the 40 Day Fast effort. It's entitled "The Worst Place in the World."

There's a thin wall between hope and despair here as well. I think about it every time I pass by this lot of abandoned cars just beyond the back wall at Heal Africa. Before the war, before the volcano, this was a mechanic's garage. Now it's a lot of rock-encased, rusted cars. In which people live. On one side of the wall, there's a place of hope and redemption for women and girls whose lives have been destroyed. On the other, there's decay. There's life among these rocks, to be sure. But it's not the kind of life anyone should have to live.

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