The International Herald Tribune is printed in Zurich rather than Paris now, but it continues to be spread throughout Europe daily with a wide variety of American and international news, so that one can sit on the top of a snow-covered Alp in the midst of a blizzard and become suddenly informed as to what has been going on in the last hours, days, or months in very distant parts of the world. Amazing how human beings take all this rather for granted! My eyes were looking out at peaks almost 11,000 feet high, my body was sitting in the warmth of a heated room with snow blowing wildly against the window panes at an altitude of about 7,000 feet, but my mind was off in the midst of a situation in an African country, which consists of a tiny grouping of islands, horrified with what that particular day’s paper had reported. Facts were listed including the statistics that 300,000 people make up this country which a few years ago became “free.” The “freedom” was demanded, suggested, by various people, and then given by the French government. The “freedom” from French rule has produced in something like five years, statistics which lumped in this report gave facts such as “There are only three doctors left to serve 300,000 people.” “Fifty per cent of all children born die before they are five years old.” “The last dentist left the country two years ago.” “The per capita annual income is the lowest in the world, $60 a year.” The article went on to tell of the age of those who are ruling the country. Voting age commences at fourteen, and some of the officials are seventeen and eighteen years old. An official from a foreign country came to offer aid, but the two teenage officials he was given to talk to could neither read nor write, ...1
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