With all the distressing news swirling round today — the senseless death of Trayvon Martin, the potential dismantling of universal health care, the growing possibility of a nuclear showdown in the Middle East — it’s hard to be optimistic about the future. But Nick Kristof’s column about a South Sudanese orphan who made his way from a dirt-poor African village to a premier American university restores hope and inspires faith in the human capacity to overcome staggering adversities.
Any freshman at Yale has to make many adjustments, but Paul Lorem is overcoming a great many more, including learning English. Nevertheless, he has a great deal to teach his new colleagues.
Update: Be sure to read Kristof’s column!