May we “possess enough holy anger to assist us in helping to make positive changes in a world so full of so much injustice,” Macrina Wiederkehr, Seven Sacred Pauses.
On June 24, 2015, Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times released a column and video about his recent trip to Angola. After waiting about 5 years to obtain a journalist visa, he took full advantage of this opportunity to shed light on the way Angola operates…the elite get richer, the poor get poorer, and the poor die and suffer due to government corruption.
Hope for Our Sisters has been funding fistula surgery in Angola since 2012. We also just raised funds to implement a new fistula prevention program in this country. We are invested in Angola and its people.
This video and article made me very angry. How can the rich elite live as they do while so many children suffer and die from preventable illnesses and women are left with fistula due to lack of quality maternal care? How can the leaders of our country not see or admit to what is happening in Angola? Thankfully, my anger did not end with these questions. My anger, based on my new knowledge of this country’s leadership, led to a renewed motivation to continue to send more hope to our sisters, their unborn children, and their families in Angola.
It is my desire that you view the video and learn more about this partner country. With knowledge comes awareness. With awareness comes effective action. In the video you will meet Dr. Stephen Foster, our partner in Angola who founded the Centro Evangélico de Medicina do Lubango (Central Evangelical Medical Center of Lubango or CEML) where we visited in 2013. Dr. Foster and his staff provide rays of hope in Angola as they care for their patients with love, knowledge, and respect. We are honored to enable this work. **Please note that the funds we send to Dr. Foster go directly to CEML, not through the government.**
It is our desire that as we continue to advocate for our sisters and brothers in Angola, others will do the same. In addition, may the column and video place the right pressure on those who interact with the country’s leaders to help effect positive change that will benefit those in greatest need…those in need of hope.
Please watch the video. Here is the link: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/06/24/opinion/nicholas-kristof-corruption-is-killing-children-in-angola.html?referrer=&_r=0
Photo above of Dr. Stephen Foster by Marijn Goud (from A Little Respect for Dr. Foster by Nicholas Kristof, 3/28/15).
© 2015 by Brooke F Sulahian