Around the global south, cities struggle to provide electricity and energy to all their residents, and unsurprisingly, the poorest residents are most likely to remain disconnected from formal power systems. Many of the same cities also face an immense garbage challenge: what to do with overwhelming amounts of unsanitary and even toxic waste.
There is nothing inevitable about gun violence. And while the scandalously high rates of murder in both Brazil and South Africa are treated by many as "normal," there are encouraging signs of change. Targeted crime prevention measures and public health interventions pursued in both countries are cause for cautious optimism.
There are some things that are very meaningful and happen when you least expect it. I guess, like angels, some people just sweep into your life and leave imprints that give you a little bit of understanding, and it is for us to learn from it, and pass it along. I know there wasn't much that I did for the boy on the bus but there was a lot that he did for me.