Commotion

Soon after we came to the country, we encountered a man in our community who suffered from mental illness. He tended to sit half-dressed in the alley near our friends' room. At times he shouted incoherently and made motions with his head. He appeared to be suffering. One of my friends would sometimes sit next …

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Inviting those who can’t pay you back, Part II

The tension was heavy. Fatima and Ali explained their financial situation. Their landlord had raised the already-inflated rent another 25% in an effort to get them to leave. They used everything they had to pay her, and now could not afford food. Their oldest daughter had to be pulled out of school to rush the …

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And they passed by on the other side

Three foreigners walked down an unfamiliar street on a sweltering afternoon. For simplicity's sake we had avoided spending the dollar it would have cost to take two bicycle rickshaws over that stretch. Temperatures soared over 100 degrees F with high humidity, but we didn't have far to walk and soon would be inside a well-ventilated …

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