Welcome to the Bangkok Slaughterhouse: The Battle for Human Dignity in Bangkok's Bleakest Slums
10 journalers for this copy...
I make a bookray out of it. The following bookcrossers read along:
"Bookcloud" from Bournemouth, Dorset, United Kingdom
"thursoexile" from Newry, United Kingdom
"nynjagrrrl" from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, USA (US pref. int'l if necessary)
"penelopewanders" from Hasliberg, Switzerland (Europe only)
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This one is off to "Bookcloud".
Will be on its way to Thursoexile tomorrow. Enjoy!!
Not sure how soon I'll get to it as I have a few other things to do and read first. I seem to be at the end of the ray (am I mistaken?) so may wait until closer to the summer before reading it. If it needs to go elsewhere soon, please let me know.
Interesting read, although the newspaper article format kept things from going very far or getting very intense or, to my mind, being as moving as the situations described sometimes would have deserved.
Thank you so much for making this important book available. I realized that someone I know had told me about his friend, Father Joe, so as I read I was able to complete the stories with some tales I'd heard from this other person who works with street children in Nepal.
I'll probably offer this ray up for further travels soon.
WelshHelen (UK) will post int'l
spaceystacy (USA) US shipping only
FeralREader (USA) anywhere
kplatypus (USA)(not responding to PMs, so being skipped)
Supertalya (USA APO) anywhere
PRCS (Canada) surface only
Breeze553 (Portugal) Europe only<-- it's here
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
This ray is now on its way to the UK to continue its travels.
Bush to visit US priest in Bangkok slum
By DENIS D. GRAY – 2 days ago
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — When Father Joe heard that President Bush was to visit
children in Bangkok's largest slum, the first thing the American priest did was
ask them: "Do you want to meet him?"
Rev. Joseph H. Maier, a tough, no-nonsense man who mixes easily with drug
pushers, thugs and prostitutes, is hardly known for being deferential — even
when it comes to the president of the United States.
"We always ask our children when anyone and everyone is coming to visit, because
it is their home — the only home they have — and they heartily agreed," he said
before Bush's scheduled visit on Thursday.
"The children see him as a kind uncle coming to visit, not in his official
Bush, on a three-country tour of Asia, will spend some time at the Mercy Centre
and Human Development Foundation. Maier, a native of Longview, Wash., started
the foundation nearly 40 years ago to aid often desperate residents of the vast
Klong Toey slum.
Ministering first to a small Catholic community of slaughterhouse workers in the
grimiest depths of the slum, the 69-year-old priest now looks after a shelter
for street kids, four orphanages, a hospice, kindergartens for more than 4,100
slum toddlers and a home for mothers and children with HIV/AIDS. Most of those
helped are Buddhists.
His work has earned him international awards and honors from Thailand's
respected monarchy although he's challenged authorities, plied officials with
whiskey to bend the rules and cut deals with the criminally inclined in defense
of his turf and charges, especially the children.
"There are geniuses, poets, artists and physicians among the kids who call Mercy
their home, and yet they are labeled as Klong Toey children and not the
children who are worthy of proper education and jobs," he said.
"The visit of Mr. Uncle President is telling them they are of great value, and
not to believe any of the bad stuff people might say," the priest said.
He said his children would be asking Bush to carry a message back to youngsters
in America: "Yes, things are tough here in Thailand. The streets and slums are
rough. We have been beaten up, used and abused, but today is fine and tomorrow
is going to be even better and today we are going to have as much fun as we
I have spaceystacy's address and will post on to her on Monday.
Thanks for shring - again! - penelopewanders :-)
03/04/2009 I don't know how I misplaced this wonderful read about a priest who works/living in one of the poorest areas of Bangkok and tries to bring peace and dignity to the children, well really all of the residents there, but especially the children.
03/04/2009 As I have had the address for months, I am posting this read out to the next reader this a.m. before I beging my day at work.
May all beings be well, may all beings be happy. Peace, peace, peace.
Will seek kplatypus' addy and mail ASAP.
Thanks all for sharing this book!
I really enjoyed this novel. It is such a wonderful thing that Father Joe is doing. Each story was a great addition and it built on to each story.
I am not done yet but I wanted to note that the next reader asked to be skipped.
I'll start reading it asap.
Thank you for sending it :)