meanwhile, in the real world
Got this note from my buddy Miriam Rabkin, a doctor who’s on the ground in Maputo, Mozambique this week:
When I started this weird type of travel, it seemed as though our world – email, iPods, taxis – was the real world and this was ‘elsewhere.’ But how can our world be the real world when so few people live in it? There are hundreds of millions of people here. This – constrained lives and lost opportunity; flame trees glowing over heaps of garbage; despair and laughing children – this is how most people live and die. It’s not romantic or exotic. It’s just the way it is.
She’s in Africa regularly working on the MTCT-Plus program. MTCT is Mother-to-Child-Transmission of HIV.
Remind me not to sweat it next time I get a relaying error trying to send email.