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Are we of the same God?

A pastor's day reveals Tanzania's heavy debt burden

"I can't go on. Every day there is a new, more depressing case," Debora Brycke says, weeping as she describes a visit with several children whose mother had died of AIDS. "We discovered from the doctor that one of the children, a 6-year-old, had been raped by her father. The little girl refused to talk to anyone. There was no food in the house. The father is now in the hospital dying of AIDS. And this innocent girl will most likely die."

I talk often with people like Brycke, the director of an Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania program that cares for the educational, medical and legal needs of 40,000 orphans. More often than not, these daily encounters reveal the crushing burden of Tanzania's international debts.


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