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Month: June 2016

Untamed goats

Our world is a wonderful, inspiring, horrible disaster. In any one moment, we can see both the best and the worst of humanity. And the past week has given us all plenty to look at. World politics has never been pleasant, and right at the moment it seems particularly nasty. Brexit is the prime example of this. People voted for the UK to break away from the EU largely because they either thought they would get a terrifically well funded health system (a promise that was called a “mistake” the…

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Whole

On Sunday, Blue Dragon’s Rescue Team set free 4 children from slavery in sweatshops. Two girls and two boys, aged 11 to 13, had been trafficked from their homes in central Vietnam 6 months ago. Living in extreme poverty in a rural village, their families were easily deceived when some kind women came to their home offering training and education in the big city to the south. I can’t post photos showing their faces; if I did, you would not believe that they are aged 11 to 13. They are…

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Deep impact

When I first met ‘Tan’, he was living wild on the streets of Hanoi. I don’t know if anybody had ever cared for him before; every instinct of his body was about survival. Everyone Tan met was either afraid of him or loathed him – and often both. Even though he was only 12 or 13 years old, his rejection of all social boundaries, all rules, left people shocked. Little kids are supposed to be cute and playful; and when you meet homeless children and offer to help, they should be…

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Old friends

Life at Blue Dragon is about constant change and growth. I may see one of the kids every day for months, or even years, and eventually they move on to develop their life away from the safety of our centre. Just as parents feel the mix of joy and sorrow when their own children start becoming independent and move away from home, my team and I are in a perpetual flux with new kids coming in and – albeit much more slowly – the older kids heading out. None leave…

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