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On the road

"On the road" Continued...

Issue: "Dead heat," Sept. 22, 2012

Wandering the Ninth Ward isn't the safest plan for a solo female journalist, so Hunter put me in touch with Steven Euler - a tall, athletic man who will be the clinic's first full-time doctor. He lives in the Ninth Ward and was willing to take me around the neighborhood. The streets bounce with a Caribbean energy: They're potholed and threatened by weeds, but the houses are painted bright colors.

Euler says he's discovered a deep joy among the locals despite poverty. He introduced me to his neighbors, Joseph and Charles. Later we met Caroline, an expressive woman and double amputee, with a short afro that is dyed reddish-orange. She handed me a glass of water and slowly lowered herself into a chair. For the next hour, she told me one sad story after another of poor medical care at the hands of seemingly uncaring doctors. She's excited about the new clinic and before we left, grabbed my hand and insisted on singing a spiritual together.

How do we get more Hunters and Eulers?

Tiffany Owens
Tiffany Owens

Tiffany is a correspondent for WORLD News Group.

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