Hi all, Moe here. So I saw this video earlier today (via PRI’s “Q”) and it brought tears to my eyes. The recovery of the Sudanese people from their multiple and ongoing civil wars is one of my deepest passions. As in many countries with modern civil wars, amputees are common must learn to adjust completely on their own, so this program seems like quite a gift (please read on after video).
So I thought, “Hey, I’m going to post that on the Justice blog.”
But before I got to it, I posted the previous article on the blog. It reminded me of the woes of unsustainable gifts in kind from Westerners to impoverished villages. Woes such as, how the heck is a 3-D printer going to keep working in the constant dust-ridden, brutal conditions of a place like Sudan?
So the question is, assuming the printers eventually cease functionality, was it worth it in the mean time? What happens when kids’ prosthetic arms break or wear due to having no professional maintenance? When my husband lived in Sudan, he had a computer break down and ultimately learned it was because the battery pack had become full of bugs. His Bible was eaten by rats. Oh, and his toothpaste. Don’t even get me started on his toothpaste. It was under constant attack from various vermin and insects. So I can’t imagine what could become of a 3-D printer and all of its products.
I normally don’t add these personal anecdotes on our posts here at JW Justice, but in light of the previous article and my personal experience of the harsh conditions of Sudan, I wanted to provide my thoughts as a means of furthering discussion. What do you think?