Thank you Scott for being a wonderful person and an amazing friend.
I sent my friend Maryam an e-mail…wanted to make sure she didn’t mind me using her picture in this piece. A female activist in her country was recently assassinated for audaciously using words to call attention to the suffering in her land. There’s money and power in misery, and those who try to pull the plug on the money machine will pay…with their lives, if necessary. I didn’t want to put my friend in any such danger. She is a poet, and she has a voice, and she is a woman, and…she’s from the dangerous and demonized nation of Pakistan.
She didn’t answer for a few days, and I was concerned. Finally, this came:
“Major electricity and internet problem ! Our government is striving to provide us with many options of ‘going out’. Now, everyone is losing their hope for a brighter day. Those who have means to go…
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