Quick link: Good Samaritan or Gullible Sucker?
Today I’m writing at A Life Overseas about the ongoing conundrum of responding to poverty. I know, I know, I’m writing again about money. Ah well.
I came out of my office, got in my car, and there was a taptaptap on the window. I wound down the window and chatted with the man standing there.
“My wife just had a miscarriage,” he said. “She is bleeding. Can you help me?”
This wasn’t my first rodeo. I know the deal. Another expat had just told him, “I’ve lived here too long to give people money,” and drove away. She was a lot quicker with a response than me. I hesitated.
What if his wife really was bleeding?
I hear these kinds of sentences almost every day and honestly, most of the time when I investigate a bit, they aren’t true. But what about when they are?
I couldn’t offer to drive her to the hospital, that would have been the best thing to do. But my husband needed the car and it was late and I couldn’t call him.
“Where is she?” I asked.
“Follow me,” the man said.
I walked with him about a block, back behind a row of massive new houses. I wasn’t sure how long I would follow him: a strange man, a lone foreign woman, darkness, heading into a huddle of homeless people’s cloth and stick huts. He stopped before we were too far in and pointed at a woman lying on the ground.
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