How to make a friend in Uganda. business consultant, NGO worker, former Peace Corps volunteer, activist: searching for sustainable solutions to eradicate extreme poverty

March 14, 2010

Jailed with no place to go

Tommy, my neighbor, is in jail because he slept in an ATM lobby, where he was simply seeking shelter from a storm. I’m angry. How can this be just?

Tommy is a fixture on the street. He’s the guy who knows everyone and is always willing to talk as long as you want. I’ve occasionally taken a breather to chat on the way home from the market. Tommy was actually the first person I met when I moved to Central Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has taught me to live more openly, honestly, and generously; he opened a door for me to experience life in a new way. I’ve known Tommy now for less than a year but see him just about every other day. It’ll be fourteen months before I see Tommy again. I pray that as bad as jail may be that he also finds a new path and the help he needs to experience life in a new way.

Powered by WordPress