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Should I go back in time?

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 04:50 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus
Twenty five years ago I went to Africa and worked for Save The Children. I would not call it an adventure. It was an experience- it was the beginning of the AIDS epidemic and I spent all of my time in a country with a brutal dictatorship. I ended up with malaria, in trouble with the country’s secret police, and not wanted by Save The Children.

My big crime against Save the Children was having actual children write letters. We’d get letters from Sponsors in the USA addressed to individual children and the standard practice was for STC staffers to make up letters in reply. That sickened me.

So I found the actual kids- not that hard to do in small villages- and brought them the letters. At first they were terrified- they had no idea they had been sponsored- the money went to help the village, not the kids. When they relaxed a little they dictated things about their lives to a translator who told it to me and I composed the letter for them.
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