In developed countries, busy commuting to college or work, it’s easy to think this is normality for the entire world. We all moan about our governments and healthcare systems etc etc, but we hardly ever stop to appreciate the fact that we have them.

When travelling to the outback, farthest depths of developing countries, it’s only then when it hits you, hard, that there are people, families, children, who are ‘unknown’. They are not a statistic, they do not have a passport, they do not have a bank account. They live in the same clothes day in, day out, perhaps in a tent in the desert with nothing around for miles but their family.

I was fortunate enough to sit with such a family and drink tea with them in the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan some years back. There was not a trace of electricity or television. They had simple cushions and blankets under a basic tent to provide shelter from the punishing heat. Two young boys played up in the rocks while their parents sat with us and talked. They were generous and offered what they could and more importantly, they seemed happy. Imagine a life where education and employment doesn’t exist. Only skills for survival..

The youngest of the two boys was coughing, a lot. I work in healthcare so I could tell he had a pretty bad lower airway infection. This family, with their simple means of survival, had no easy access to antibiotics. Even a shower.

In the developed world we lose our minds because our network provider ‘crashes’ for an hour, disabling access to making phone calls. But this family, they had never seen an iPad before.

Really makes you think.

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4 thoughts on “There are People Still Unaccounted for in this World.

  1. It does make you think. We are so truly fortunate in our lives, and sometimes there are cases where I envy not the lack of education and health care, but the lack of technology. I can’t imagine living without my “things” but some of the happiest people I have met traveling are the ones with the least amount of them. I applaud you for giving this family your time, and sharing in their life.

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    1. Thank you for commenting and sharing your experience. I totally agree with your comment about technology. I backpacked once for 3 months. I had a phone for emergencies but it stayed in a drawer mostly. I didn’t take a hair dryer or straighteners. Sounds trivial but for me, back then, this was a big deal. I didn’t miss them at all!

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