chapter  2
11 Pages

Departures and Arrivals

Nina is a short woman, colourfully dressed and self-assured in that eager, inoffensive way so typical of her type; so different, one notices, from the missionary zeal of her US and European counterparts. Their compassion, she often found, was degrading not comforting, their good intentions made matters worse because

they raised hopes and expectations in ways which could never be achieved. Nina’s face bore none of the hallmarks of these zealots – their faces hard and pinched from years of arguing some worthy cause, dressed down to be one of them, recent arrivals, it always seemed, from some remote commune.