On Saturday morning I waited for the computer to warm up and enjoyed the tranquillity and the views across open fields and woodland to the fells beyond and was unprepared for Beth’s report..
…yesterday when I came to the project, I noted that the community Fallet (flavella next to us) was completely silent and deserted. Not even the dogs barked! I thought the kids would not come to the project. The monitors called me saying they would not come to our meeting in the morning because the police were nearby. But later, roughly half of the children came to the project…
The police are pursuing a programme called “Pacification”. Which in simple terms means that the police go into the slums with guns blazing to battle it out with the drug dealers.
It is sobering to realise that during our visit in July we met and got to know many of the innocent adults and children that are caught up in the violence. But at the same time it is inspirational to read of Beth’s belief in people and her hope for the future. It would be good to show Beth that people far away care about her and the community.