I received a call this afternoon from a young man named Thomas Kramer from Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. I could tell that he was very young. In a most tentative voice he said “Is this Ms. Collins?” I answered yes in the skeptical voice I use for phone solicitors. Then he told me the most amazing story. Turns out he is just 14 and was in Uganda for three weeks volunteering with a mission group. Thomas was in the Ethiopian Village Restaurant in Kampala, Uganda watching Spain play Netherlands in the World Cup finals when the horrific bombing happened on July 11. If you remember an Al-Qaeda linked Somali terrorist group called Al-Shabab bombed two locations in Kampala killing 74 people. They were pissed because Uganda had peacekeeping troops in Mogadishu and this was destabilizing their evil efforts. Thomas was eight feet from the bomber and was one of the 85 people who were injured. Another friend of mine named Matt Anderson, who spent the summer in Kampala volunteering for BeadforLife, (http://beadforlife.org) was on the other side of the wall at the same restaurant and was unhurt. Thomas is recuperating from 105 staples in his leg and a skin graft. Matt is probably part of the reason he is alive. Matt was being hurried out of the restaurant after the carnage but could not turn away from the injured American boy. He helped Thomas that night and alerted our embassy too. Because I wrote a blog about this episode Thomas found me and asked me to put him in touch with Matt so he could thank him. I am so completely inspired by this and by the fact that my blog may bring these two together. For those of us who feel we blog in obscurity it’s so wonderful to know that sometimes we actually make a difference. OYE!!
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