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In the Shadow of the Volcano by Maureen Klovers
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A young boy was left to die in the hospital waiting room while the doctors watched a fútbol game, a nun was robbed by four men, children are beaten with father's belt for misbehaving, the narrator's students wanted to go on field trip to McDonald's instead of a museum or planetarium, these are the stories that the author shares. These stories are both heart-wrenching and almost inconceivable to me.

The author goes to Ecuador because she wants to understand why someone would cram themselves in the tanker portion of a gas truck to be transported to the United States. Someone being nearly 90% of the country's very poor living in 'shanty towns' as the author says with no electricity, no running water, no address, no ability to read and write.

Though I appreciate all the material things that make my life more comfortable, what I really appreciate after finishing this book is that I live somewhere with a legitimate government, with good roads, and a great education accessible to anyone. I hope someone figures out how to make these things happen in Ecuador because everyone deserves these things.
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