Panama 2019 Day 15: Minga’s Family Pulling Together

I’m really glad to see the enormous void created by Minga’s death being filled by Ana and Rufina, the matriarchs, and Angel, the eldest son. I wondered if, after Minga’s death, the family would fracture, spread out as they are between Rio Hato and Panama City. The answer is no.

Along with all the hardships created by poverty emerges a depth of resilience that we all might envy. They have no social safety net provided by government or anyone else, so they are each other’s safety net. There is, at the end of the day, no writing anybody off.

I have a lot of confidence in the resilience of this family going forward. And I am proud to be here as Tia Pamela.


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