Yesterday I don’t know that I would have even clicked to open the article on NPR about the kidnapping of Honduran President Manuel Zalaya and essentially the coup that is taking place there as we speak.
Today, I am desperate to find cell phone numbers for my three friends who will be returning to their homeland in Honduras on Tuesday, to warn them and make sure they knew what happened. I just met and spent the last three days with Maria, Roselie and Edna at a conference presented by the Illinois-Sao Paulo Chapter of Partners of the Americas and sponsonored by Partners of the Americas.
In the song “Ohio”, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young sing “how can you run when you know.” But we make opportunities to know by engaging in different experiences and interacting with people from different countries, backgrounds and experiences.
The military actions in Honduras today are no longer abstract, they are something that is happening to someone I know, now a first voice, first hand experience.
How can you run, when you know?