I find it sad that people must paint nuanced situations with such broad strokes
in an effort to make sense from that which cannot make sense.@Bee-Careful: "left-wing feel good groups" that this young woman
VOLUNTEERED for; she was not coerced or forced. Bad things happen to good
people and it probably has nothing to do with the group's political
leanings. You having an ax-to-grind is fine but how does your point (which I
have failed to grasp) add anything to this particular discussion? Rather you
should possibly come up with solutions and stop spewing rhetoric. Maybe create
a self-appointed right-wing feel good group to do humanitarian work; or is that
an oxymoron? Oh, but wait, HELP Intl. was started by BYU faculty and is based in
Provo which we all know to be a bastion of the left.
Yes, she should not have gone alone. But, as they said, something like that is
very rare for Fiji. Normally, I don't think what she did should have been
a concern.What is a concern, however, is that the group had received
threats earlier that day and had not informed their people to be alert. They
should have pulled everybody in and told them what was going on and told them to
be absolutely sure they were always with somebody else from the group. HELP
International failed on this one.
@Bee Careful--"Where savages live"? Seriously? There are
"savages" of that ilk everywhere, and certainly right here in Utah who
do rape and worse to unsuspecting people (witness the case in Provo last year
where the woman was dragged off into the brush and not only raped, but
disfigured and left for dead).Bizarre post if I ever saw one.
So now it's her fault! Give me break! I think the lesson here it to avoid
self-appointed left-wing feel good groups like "help International"
since they will send to dangerous places where savages live and then blame you
if anytthing happens. Better to volunteer to help people in your own community
who are truly needy. The others really don't want us there. We should
accommodate their wishes,
I send my best wishes for Hilary's recovery and peace. Part of her
frustration is that Kyle is absolutely right, and she surely knows that. We
have all been taught from childhood to walk places in pairs-- even in our home
town, and even our little boys going to cub scout day camp. This is a basic
precaution, one that I used to chafe under when I served as a missionary in
Central America. This experience of Hilary's is a reminder to me that it
is risky for me to go out and do my grocery shopping at midnight. I understand
how it is easy to think that if the walk is short, there is no danger. We all
view ourselves as the exception. A hard lesson for her to learn, and I truly am
sorry it happened.
I served as a volunteer for Help International in Uganda 2 summers ago. The
first thing they tell you before going into country is to never travel alone.
Yes, this could have been prevented if she simply would have followed that
simple instruction. We were all made aware of the possible risks of living in a
foreign country and agreed to those terms. I'm glad she was able to
escape, but this is in no way Help International's fault.
Heart breaking. Glad she found the strength to fight. So many people freeze when
they are scared, more people need to fight. Glad shes ok.
I hope the men are locked up and the streets are safer. I don't
think a general I'm going to get you comment connects all that much to the
crime that happened. I think it's impossible to serve in safety.