When one arrives at the ocean the rules of the river no longer apply

One of my favourite blogs in portuguese is written by Patricia and called “beijo de mulata” (mulatta’s kiss), its being published as a book next friday(A Mission: Diary of a doctor in Mozambique).

“This book recounts the life story of a medical finalist heading to Mozambique to cooperate voluntarily in an orphanage near Maputo. (…) For a set of coincidences finds herself with the responsibility of running a health center, treating diseases that have never heard of and care for children who fought in the war and suffered irreparable losses. The following year back in Mozambique, but this time to a village called Iapala, 200 km from the nearest town, where she is responsible for the only hospital in the area and where they are faced with a peculiar form as people face illness, death, and gets to know their rites, taboos, drugs and poisons. In this environment she meets extraordinary people and falls in love with someone in the most unlikely of circumstances.”

«Yesterday the son of a friend, now aged seven, said he would find beautiful that we could be born from the earth and not the belly of the mothers. When she replied that babies are certainly more comfortable inside the womb. He replied, “but we are people of the world and children of the earth!”»

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