Tanzania Diary: August 18 (afternoon)

Heathrow Airport in London seemed like a blur because the delayed departure of our flight from Nairobi had reduced our layover time. But Dr. Susan Hughmanick’s encounter with a United Airlines flight attendant only minutes into our final, London-to-San Francisco leg left us in no doubt that we had put African courtesies behind us once and for all.

First, the attendant ignored Susan’s request to inspect the overhead fan blowing cold air into her face. So Susan asked one of our young volunteers who happened to pass by, Alex Foy, to see if he could figure out the problem with the fan. As Alex paused to look, the attendant snapped at him to move out of the way and Susan said Alex was only trying to help her.

“If you disobey my instructions or argue with me again, I’ll have the air marshal take you into custody,” the attendant told Susan.

When Susan asked to see the attendant’s identification badge, the woman spun on her heels and stalked away.

Goodbye, Africa!—Don Stoll

This alleged doctor may be dangerous: probably a Muslim and surely born outside the United States.



About Don Stoll

Don and his wife, Marianne Kent-Stoll, are co-founders of the Karimu International Help Foundation. They established Karimu in 2008 at the request of the people of Dareda Kati Village, in the Manyara Region of northeastern Tanzania. Karimu is devoted to working with the residents of Dareda Kati in order to satisfy their development needs, as defined by the villagers themselves.
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3 Responses to Tanzania Diary: August 18 (afternoon)

  1. Linda says:

    You go girl!!
    Way to go Susan!

  2. Linda says:

    The Muslim part, I know , was a benign comment.
    (Just read the subtitle )

    In this political climate, Muslim jokes are taboo. And should be retracted.

    • Don Stoll says:

      The joke is not made at the expense of Muslims. It’s a double-barreled joke at the expense of 1) anti-Muslim bigotry and 2) the incendiary stupidity of “birthers” who assert President Obama’s constitutional ineligibility for office. Ridicule of bigotry and willful ignorance is always timely, hence retraction is out of the question.

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