I stay here because I can see bridges that others can’t. I stay because I have the freedom to cross these bridges and bring information from one side to another. I stay because I’ve watched the seasons change from summer to winter, and because the smoky haze that hovers over the world day and night comes from fires in the townships where people are trying to stay warm. I stay because there are people here that I’ve grown to love. I stay because there’s a lot of work to do. I stay because there are elephants nearby, and because sometimes people say “thank you for being here” and because there aren’t enough white people who know how to navigate public transportation.

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