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Sahelians in the London Olympics

7/27/12
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Girl at a water pump repaired by CARE in a village in eastern Chad. Even in these harsh times of crisis, the people of the Sahel are finding hope. Photo: Brendan Bannon

At CARE we have the great fortune of working with people who, because of their ingenuity and grit, manage to triumph over their circumstances. Nevertheless, because we work some of the poorest regions in the world, even their stories can have a grim undercurrent. It's hard to talk about triumphing over grim circumstances without talking about the grim circumstances.

That's why I had a big smile this morning when I saw Rodrigo Ordóñez's Twitter feed this morning. Rodrigo is CARE's communications manager in West Africa's Sahel region. I read his dispatches to stay on top of our work in the region. Most of what he reports from the region, even the good news, is weighed down by the sad context of the region's enormous food emergency. That's not Rodrigo's fault. Sharing information about the emergency is his job.

This morning though, Rodrigo delivered some unvarnished good news. He reminded his readers that the Sahel and its people shouldn't only be thought of in the context of crisis.

If you only click on one of the above, click on the Niger link. Niger's Olympic team includes a 14-year-old girl swimmer, Nafissatou Moussa Adamou. Assuming her age is listed correctly on the Olympics site (typos hapen!), she is one of the youngest (if not the youngest) athlete competing this year.

Will someone please find her and tell her story?

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