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Good Samaritan? Gullible Sucker?

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Today I’m writing at A Life Overseas about the ongoing conundrum of responding to poverty. I know, I know, I’m writing again about money. Ah well.

I came out of my office, got in my car, and there was a taptaptap on the window. I wound down the window and chatted with the man standing there.

“My wife just had a miscarriage,” he said. “She is bleeding. Can you help me?”

This wasn’t my first rodeo. I know the deal. Another expat had just told him, “I’ve lived here too long to give people money,” and drove away. She was a lot quicker with a response than me. I hesitated.

What if his wife really was bleeding?

I hear these kinds of sentences almost every day and honestly, most of the time when I investigate a bit, they aren’t true. But what about when they are?

I couldn’t offer to drive her to the hospital, that would have been the best thing to do. But my husband needed the car and it was late and I couldn’t call him.

“Where is she?” I asked.

“Follow me,” the man said.

I walked with him about a block, back behind a row of massive new houses. I wasn’t sure how long I would follow him: a strange man, a lone foreign woman, darkness, heading into a huddle of homeless people’s cloth and stick huts. He stopped before we were too far in and pointed at a woman lying on the ground.

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The Good Samaritan For Women

Quick link: The Good Female Samaritan: What I learned when I passed a man on the road

Yesterday I had a post up at Her.meneutics (had to look up how to spell that one) about when I ran by a man I thought was dead.

What is a woman supposed to do in a country where she isn’t certain about the cultural boundaries, her own safety, or causing offense to the man on the road? The essay chronicles my journey of surprise, compassion, confusion, anger, and eventual deepened understanding. Would love to hear your thoughts.

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Click here to read about what I did and how I felt conflicted about it and what a difficult conversation with my husband helped me understand: The Good Female Samaritan.

 

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