Muddy Notebook

April 22, 2008

My absence

Filed under: About the author,Africa,humanitarian,Myanmar — carolynthewriter @ 7:53 am
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My mother, Ann. M. Davis, died April 15, 2008, in Cleveland, OhioPlease excuse me for not having posted an entry in so long. My mother, who has been ill since I was in Uganda last June (I cut that trip short to race to the hospital in Cleveland where she was in intensive care) passed away last week. It all seems so unreal to me, that this person who I’ve known and turned to all my life is not around. My brain is flitting all over the place, including thinking about the deaths of mothers in places, including Uganda. It is so easy for Americans to pay little or no attention to mass deaths that occur in faraway locales from war, disease or malnutrition. “We”  tend to dehumanize “them.” At the best, we turn those who suffer in countries such as Myanmar or the Democratic Republic of Congo into an abstract lump of victims — it’s much neater that way.

But I am thinking now about how much children in those settings must hurt from the deaths of their mother – the same as any child around the world. They often lose parents at far younger ages than we do here in the United States. Even as I acutely feel my own grief, I cannot imagine the sorrow of  children who lose their mother – wherever they happen to live.

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