Monday, October 29, 2012
Quote of the Day: “There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.” Dwight David Eisenhower
Another neighborhood child died yesterday. This time the child and her mother were hit by a car when they walked in front of it. The child (a four-year-old) died. The mother is surviving at present in a hospital in Magu, about 90 km from here. The folks here, almost all the adults, did not grow up with cars. Their parents didn't warn them and it continues. They think that if the car sees them, it will stop. By law, pedestrians do have the right of way, but pedestrians die on a daily basis on the 200 km stretch of road from Mwanza to Musoma. The roads here are for everyone, and the cars, buses, and trucks share the road with walkers, cyclists, people pushing carts, donkeys, cattle, goats, and bicycles used to transport sugarcane and charcoal. It is like driving through an American theme park while it is open. But nothing can diminish the pain of the loss of a child. We can hear the wailing from here. Edina went down to represent the mission and we gave them (through her) some money to help pay for the funeral expenses and the medical expenses of the mother. It is all we can do, and it seems so insignificant. John Donne wrote not to ask "for whom the bell tolls" because one child's death diminishes the rest of us. We hear it and feel it today. Thank God for the work of the evangelists who brought Christianity to that sorrowing home for they brought hope with them.