Dr. Jean Bosco: Making Sense of Suffering

“We come here to learn but the problem with us is whatever circumstances we do experience, we judge it, we take it as bad or as good but we don’t take it as an opportunity to learn and discover who we really are. We are peace. We are light. We are love.”
                          ~Dr. Jean Bosco 

Fourteen hours outside of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, Dr. Jean Bosco Niyonzima works tirelessly to build health systems and provide health care to some of the poorest people on the planet. Originally from a rural village in Rwanda,   Dr. Bosco was twenty years old when the genocide in his country in 1994 took the lives of almost one million people in just 90 days. (more…)

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Foreign Doctor Working in Burundi: My two cents

1) As busy as you are the local mufumu (witch doctor) is busier. He lines babies up and cuts the uvula. None of the kids have them here. At two weeks. Cut and cut. One after another with a blade. The local tradition is to cut the uvula of a young baby – Melino has his cut. We run into the mufumu on the hills, he says he can cure fractures by scarification. Huge goiters, we see his handy work. Small cuts into the thyroid, the abdomen. Anywhere there is pain or a mass. Scarification. (more…)

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