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Solution to border problems will require tough decisions

By Ira Zunin

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 26, 2014

~~<p>The sight of a beggar, paralyzed from the waist down by polio, dragging himself through the muddy streets of India is a memory not easily forgotten. Yet, there is a world of difference between an impoverished society and a fractured nation. I have conducted medical missions in the remote Himalayas and in Bihar state, the poorest region of India, where, despite rampant disease and low life expectancy, people remain meaningfully connected through an ancient cultural fabric.</p>
<p>In contrast, Kathmandu, after the assassination of the beloved royal family in 2001 and the government takeover by Mao&shy;ist rebels, became a place of fear, confusion and chaos. Guatemala, El Salvador and especially Honduras suffer the worst of both. Conditions are so dire that en masse children now risk their lives to knock at the golden doors of the United States.</p>
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The sight of a beggar, paralyzed from the waist down by polio, dragging himself through the muddy streets of India is a memory not easily forgotten. Yet, there is a world of difference between an impoverished society and a fractured nation. I have conducted medical missions in the remote Himalayas and in Bihar state, the poorest region of India, where, despite rampant disease and low life expectancy, people remain meaningfully connected through an ancient cultural fabric.

In contrast, Kathmandu, after the assassination of the beloved royal family in 2001 and the government takeover by Mao­ist rebels, became a place of fear, confusion and chaos. Guatemala, El Salvador and especially Honduras suffer the worst of both. Conditions are so dire that en masse children now risk their lives to knock at the golden doors of the United States. Login for more...



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