This Our Exile: A Spiritual Journey with the Refugees in East Africa

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Combining spiritual writing, travel narrative, humor and even some recent history, a young American Jesuit tells of his time working with the refugees of East Africa. His mission was straightforward: to help the refugees who had settled in the sprawling slums of Nairobi, Kenya, to begin small businesses and earn a living. He imagined that he would be teaching them much, and he did. But the Kenyans and refugees with whom the author worked - from Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia - would end up teaching him ...
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Overview

Combining spiritual writing, travel narrative, humor and even some recent history, a young American Jesuit tells of his time working with the refugees of East Africa. His mission was straightforward: to help the refugees who had settled in the sprawling slums of Nairobi, Kenya, to begin small businesses and earn a living. He imagined that he would be teaching them much, and he did. But the Kenyans and refugees with whom the author worked - from Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia - would end up teaching him much more about life, about survival and faith, and about love and friendship.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781570752506
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction: Into Africa
Finding Sister Luise 1
The Road to and from Thika 14
Takataka 21
A Chicken Farm, the 241N Machine, and a Visit to Safi Textiles 24
Standard 32
African Scarves 40
"I Am Crying to You!" 46
Kawangware 49
"We Are So Glad You Are Not Dead!" 56
Mikono 69
Stories from the Grass 80
Khadija's Son 89
In Malindi 93
The Tree of Life 101
Consolation 105
Sister Maureen Makes an Unwise Purchase 117
One Thousand Green Plastic Christmas Cups 120
Our Speciality 131
Adjumani 134
Hurry, Hurry, Means No Blessings 150
Some Little Money 154
I Meet Mama Mzee 165
The Rains 171
John Mutaburunga and His Cows 174
The Home of the Wind 179
Kabina Sockor 184
My Brother 188
When Are You Coming Back, Brother?" 191
The Mustard Seed 195
Acknowledgments 199
Glossary 203
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