God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

Reflections / Gedanken

14.12.2009 astonishment and questions..

Family visit in Delft South – a normal township community outside Cape Town. With two visitors we are out to give a first hand experience of the living conditions in such a place. For me it is always and again and again interesting to see the reaction of the visitors, when the place they are standing, well-known through film and documentaries, is suddenly real without the glass of a TV set. One can smell it, touch it, feel it – realise it. “How can one live like this?” is the often the question; or better the one visitor passing by and seeing all the shacks: “But there are obviously no people living inside these huts…”.

How is it possible, that people in Europe and the US and other rich countries have so succesful blended out the realities of the majority of people – and let’s be honest: without this majority of this world living in poor condition, under the poverty line, not using much energy and other resources, there would be no upmarket living standards for the minority. Missing justice and sustained injustice – and clever justified sustained injustice from the side of the “winners” in the struggle for a better life is a reality and comes shocking clear to the visitors of Delft or any other similar place.

I hope for a lot more visitors – being touched by the realities and being turned into ambassadors for justice exactly there, where they live and work in the world.

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HIV, Development and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and social development in Africa has its challenges. You will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa, about politics and whatever triggers my interest. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me. Blogging means to initiate thoughts and discussions and for the writer to formulate what is loosely running around in the heart and mind in need of being sorted and spoken out.

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