For the love of the name

Bhrihat Mridanga Das, a 26-year-old man, used to be called ‘Rory Strydom’. Growing up in a stringent Afrikaans Christian family, he is now a practicing Hare Krishna monk and temple commander. Anthony Molyneaux met with Bhrihat at his Ashram in Cape Town.

The Vermicelli crackles in the shallow oiled pot while milk boils and bubbles in the larger pot beside it. A weathered Hare Krishna cookbook lies open on the cold steel counter.

Brihat adjusts his thick lensed spectacles as he stirs the thin pasta into the spitting oil. He is preparing Kheer, a vermicelli pudding, for the mantra meditation being held at the Ashram later in the evening.

“There’s a term we use, Swadharma, which basically means ‘own duty’. This duty is your calling, you could say. You need to do what you’re good at and what you enjoy; otherwise you create too much strain on yourself. Finding your swadharma is essential for a happy life.” states Brihat.

When asked what his ‘swadharma’ is, he smiles while looking down at the sizzling pot.

“I like cooking. It’s a good meditation, but really, I’m a jack of all trades. I’ve never been number one at anything but I’m good at most things.

“I like doing outreach programs, socializing, and networking. I guess I enjoy anything humanitarian. I want to help people when they are unhappy and I believe that’s the most important principle of spiritual life: to develop compassion.”

Brihat’s duties as temple commander are maintaining the vegetarian cooking standards, training the new devotees in Krishna consciousness, leading meditations and instilling the principles of ‘spiritual communism’ in the ashram.

“Communism means that everything belongs to the government but we believe everything belongs to Krishna. Everything is utilized for him and he provides everything we need. So when we are serving each other, we are serving Krishna.”

Brihat is sporting pink croc footwear, the traditional orange robe and a tired brown sweater. His head is closely shaved except for the strand of long hair sprouting from his crown, bundled together in a messy pony tail. His appearance hardly goes unnoticed in the small farming communities where he grew up.

“In the Afrikaner community there’s always this weird vibe toward us [Hare Krishnas]. Afrikaans people tend to be polite, unless they are intoxicated. But you can still feel them thinking, ‘What the hell is going on here?’”

Before taking on Krishna Consciousness, when Brihat was still known as Rory, he spent most of his time in clubs and trance venues. He was studying a B.Sc in Biochemistry at Stellenbosch University, which took him five years to complete.

“My first year of university didn’t count, as I never attended class. I was working at Tollies Nightclub as a barman and I was making a lot of money. When I was working there it was quite a zef place, it’s not like it is now.”

“Before I began with the Hare Krishnas in 2010, I was also practicing shamanism. Intuitively I know how to heal with my hands as I had already learnt this in my previous life,” states Brihat.

“I used to guide people through chambers of their own mind to help heal them. But after I joined the Hare Krishnas, I started to become more focused on my studies and left that trance phase behind.”

Upon completing his degree in 2012 he moved to the Ashram in Cape Town, where he is now cooking this sweet dish.

“I was always attracted to a very simple lifestyle. In movies and games, I liked the monk and the sorcerer, the guy with the magic. So I had a natural attraction to this life and when I found out it was possible to live like this, it was my calling.”

Sandra Troskie, a previous lecturer of world religions at Stellenbosch University, believes Krishna consciousness and Christianity have many similarities that perhaps make the transition easier.

“Hare Krishna is a paradigm that is comfortable for some Afrikaans youth. They all think it’s strange but it’s not really. It’s exotic without being too different,” states Troskie.

“Hare Krishna is not very far off from Christianity. Krishnas also have three gods: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. This is more or less the trinity of Christian beliefs and it’s easier to extrapolate for them. Even Jesus and Krishna share many similarities.”

Troskie proposes that the recent surge to Krishna consciousness and other eastern religions, may extend deeper into the Afrikaner youth upbringing.

“One of the greatest identity shocks to the Afrikaans people arrived with the ending of Apartheid and the letting go of concepts they were taught by the church.

“The Truth and Reconciliation Council brought all this to light and there was an enormous outflow [of people] from the reformed churches,” states Troskie.

“The youth felt especially betrayed and didn’t trust the reformed church anymore. The Hare Krishna devotees are a small part of this exodus.”

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Old vs. New

Brihat’s parents remain committed to the reformed church but what do these older generations think of new age religions?

Kavi Karnapura Dasi, who was previously known as Jacobus Breda du Toit, is now a senior monk in the Stellenbosch ashram. He found Krishna consciousness on the streets of London but grew up in a small Afrikaans farming community called Vereeniging,

“My parents are members of the Reformed church and the first time I told them I was a practicing Krishna monk, they weren’t very optimistic,” says a laughing Kavi. “But I think in time they saw it was nothing malicious. It took four years for them to come around though.”

Brihat didn’t have it much easier.

“My mom is a fundamental Christian. She is a pious lady and helps others but she is very set in her ways. In her heart she feels if you’re not with Jesus, then you’re going to hell,” states Brihat.  

“From her perspective, it’s quite hectic to see her son going to hell so I can understand that.”

“When I graduated in 2012, I told them I was moving to Cape Town to live in an Ashram and become a Hare Krishna Monk. My mom just got up and left. She didn’t say a word.

“Up until a few months ago, she never said a thing about it. She denied it for years,” states Brihat.

Brihat now has a working relationship with his mother. She is still apprehensive of the new age religions.

“My mom has opened up more, but she is more critical of my beliefs now. She questions my actions and reasoning all the time which I don’t mind because it keeps me on my toes.

“I think she sees that I’m happy with this path. I am becoming who I believe I am meant to be.”

The thick milky pudding is poured into a wooden bowl and left to cool. Brihat rings a tiny bell repeatedly and gives thanks to Krishna for the sweets he has just made.

An incense stick burns away in the corner of the kitchen and chanting voices drift through the warm air. Brihat grabs his guitar and glides up the stairs to the temple to begin the weekly mantra meditation.

Mantra what?

By Anthony Molyneaux

Giriraja Swami, an initiating guru within the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, suggests that everyone should try mantra meditation. Swami states that a few sessions of the mantra, “accrues to ones spiritual credit and it will gradually increase in value. Any way one chants, one will derive immense benefit and pleasure from the mantra”.

After watching this short video of Swami, I decided to take on his suggestion and made my way to a local mantra meditation group on my university campus in Stellenbosch.

I arrive to a group of 20 or so cross-legged students on a warm Monday afternoon. All those assembled are in their twenties, sitting in a crude half circle around an old portable organ called a harmonium. I join the folk by taking my shoes off and sit down on the stretched out mat, trying hard to adopt the cross-legged pose that has always created major discomfort.

The mantras take place outside among the bustling students of the University, some kicking back between classes, others on their way to the busy cafeteria.

Birds are chirping their melodic song overhead as the lead, playing the haunting harmonium, begins the mantra. Around his neck is a necklace made up of small wooden beads. They are known as Tulasi japa chanting beads, and they symbolize his surrender to Krishna. It is believed the beads also protect the wearer from bad dreams and bodily harm.

His voice is serene and harmonious as he recites the mantra,

“Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare 
  Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.”

As the ‘congregation’ begins to recite the verse, a man sitting directly in front of me with long blonde curly hair, resembling Shaggy from Scooby Doo, begins singing the response much louder and obtrusive than the other twenty people present. His tone is way off and it’s quite distracting, not dissimilar to my dad’s rendition of church hymns during mass.

Later on, after the mantra is over, I over-hear the shaggy haired man say that he is in the process of ‘making music’ and is preparing for an upcoming show. A tinge of sympathy came over me for those who would attend that spectacle.

I try to collect my thoughts and come back to the mantra. By this stage, the mantra has gained some momentum. The lead brings in a hip hop element – A request by the lead of ‘ladies only’ followed by ‘gentlemen, your turn’. My younger days of Christian rap groups, ‘Yo Majesty’ and ‘DC talk’ spring to mind and this reminder makes me feel like I was attending a really strange ‘Holy Hip Hop’ concert.

I retrace my steps again and hone in on the mantra melody. I close my eyes, zoning my thoughts on the repeated words and away from my trailing thoughts of migratory patterns of birds and who really killed Biggie Smalls.

The beat of the Mridanga drum focuses me and after 10 minutes of becoming absorbed in this steadily building pace of the mantra, I start to tap my feet unconsciously with the intricate drum beat. I start to sway my body and the mantra becomes easy to sing, more natural with every repetition.

The music and mantra takes over and I feel at ease, relaxed and still, my trailing thoughts seemingly out of reach. I tap into this calm – a feeling similar to the relief you get when you’ve returned home after a long day at work or school. When you can finally lie down on your bed, not think about a thing and you can absorb the quiet in the afternoon light.

My legs go numb from the awkward crossed position.. I am forced back to reality and I adjust my seating. Suddenly I remember that I am outdoors and among people during this meditation. I peek out into the world again.

Gawking students pass by, some don’t seem to notice, other’s point and frown, few stare and  laugh. The Mridanga drum plays an addictive beat and the small hand held snare rings a pleasurable tone. My eyes shut again and I drift back into the meditation.

 The final recital slows the mantra down to the beginning speed and we all chant in unison, symbolizing the end of the meditation. Slowly eyes open and almost everyone has a smile on their face, including myself.

Swami may have been right. It is captivating.

According to Krishna.com,

‘The Hare Krishna mantra is a chant meant for enhancing consciousness to the greatest possible degree. Chanting the Hare Krishna mantra can give peace, happiness, God realization, freedom from repeated birth and death, and total self-fulfillment.’

The Hare Krishna mantra is a repetition of three names of the Supreme Being – “Hare”, “Krishna” and “Rama”. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness’s website has uploaded mantra meditation videos from London, New York, Ireland and many other cities around the world. Large groups of people from all walks of life dance and chant in the streets to this mantra.

I too enjoyed the session but I wonder if I would be able to dance in the streets and jump around in a kind of peaceful, religious mosh pit.

Much like some of the passers-by of the meditation group, crude looks follow the people dancing and chanting in the streets. ‘Crazy’ and ‘cult’ have been used to describe Hare Krishna’s practices.

But is it really crazy? Our current society of non-stop information, multitasking and deadlines seems to separate us from what meditations like the mantra teaches.

After soaking in a short time of the day where I force myself to break away from concerns and worries, I start to understand the gains of meditation. I can maybe even rationalize that our society might be the crazy one after all and not all dancing, twirling, singing people in the streets.

Upon investigating how this religion came about, I found that Krishna consciousness had only been introduced to the western world less than 60 years ago.

Srila Prabhupada, a spiritual teacher, arrived in New York in 1965 and began to spread Krishna consciousness to the American youth. In 1970, only one recruit signed up to Hare Krishna internationally. By 1980, close to 600 were signing up every year, according to E. Burke Rochford’s book, “Hare Krishna in America”. The growth slowed in the 80’s and 90’s but has seen tremendous growth recently with ashrams, a spiritual monastery, and temples being set up all over the world.

After my experience of the mantra, I decided that I would attend Buddha’s birthday celebration on the evening of the full moon.

I’m not sure if I will be dancing in the streets rejoicing with all the Hare Krishna’s just yet but the mantra meditation holds some quality that I want to acknowledged and adhere to. If anything, it has taught me not to care about what others think of you and has made me realize that I don’t have the worst singing voice out there. Hare Krishna.

Party sets up shop outside voting polls

The voting stations within Cape Town city yesterday were accompanied by ANC stalls and tables where young members were dancing, singing and handing out stickers and T-shirts with Jacob Zuma’s face on them.

Other party’s stalls were nowhere to be seen. The ANC members at the stalls were asked what they thought of the ANC’s chances in the Western Cape, one member said, “I can’t think that we [the ANC] won’t win the province, I have to believe that we will win and we will encourage others to vote for them.”

Political parties are allowed to set up stalls in the vicinity of voting stations and interact with voters but “should not impede the access of voters to the voting station. Voters should not be forced to report to those tents,” said electoral commission chairwoman, Pansy Tlakula on Monday.

“If a voter is asked to come to a political party tent and if the voter doesn’t want to do that, the voter must be left in peace,” said Tlakula according to Drum magazine.

Gift Makela, a resident car guard in the Cape Town region believes he will vote for a different party this year regardless of what others say at the stalls outside the voting polls. “It doesn’t matter what others say to me, I don’t understand how they can respect one scandalous person at the top of their party.”

On Tuesday, the day before the elections, the ANC members were parading outside the ANC offices in Stellenbosch, in preparation for their stall setups in the different areas. “Amandla! Awethu!” was being shouted from the dancing procession of 30 or so ANC members.

Faith Nkosana, one of the ward campaigners for the ANC believes setting up stalls like the ones outside Cape Town’s voting stations “shows support and encouragement for their supporters.”

Nkosana is in charge of the Lanquedoc ward, a settlement in the Cape Winelands district. Nkosana believes the elections could swing 50-50 for the DA and the ANC but thinks, “The coloured people feel very neglected by the ANC.”

Danika Koegelenberg, a hurrying passer-by of the ANC parade, is a student at Stellenbosch University. Koegelenberg is voting in Malmesbury and is hoping for a DA victory in the Western Cape.

“These stalls outside stations won’t change my mind. I feel the DA is doing well in the Western Cape and people will continue to vote for them.”

IEC members in the Cape Town city region kept a close watch on the proceedings. Police officers were in full view at the voting polls to prevent any infractions on Tlakula’s rules and to maintain order.

Political party involved in a hit-and-run

CAPE TOWN – A 38-year-old man was injured in a hit-and-run outside the central train station in Cape Town on Wednesday morning.

“A pedestrian taxi cut across the street out into oncoming traffic and hit the man crossing the road. Then the taxi dropped some passengers off on the corner and drove slowly away towards Woodstock without stopping to check if he was alright,” said Temba Jauch, a bystander at the scene.

The man seemed to have suffered a broken leg, according to Jauch. He was picked up by an ambulance and taken to a nearby hospital a few minutes later.

Sophikile Adams, another bystander at the scene of the incident, spoke of an ANC truck stopping at the group of on-lookers before the ambulance arrived.

“An ANC woman got out of the bakkie and told the injured man that the ANC will catch the driver who drove into him. The ANC lady then said to the injured guy, ‘Don’t worry my brother; we (the ANC) will protect the people. We’ll find him (the driver)’.”

Business cards were handed out and the ANC member then left the scene, according to Adams.

The 2014 General Elections coming up on the 7th of May is a highly contested event in the Western Cape region. Most of the parties concerned have been campaigning all across the Western Cape region.

After the ANC truck drove away from the crime scene, a tow-truck driver arrived, apparently looking for business. “He thought there was a car accident due to all the people standing around. He gave me his business card as well. It was strange to see how people can turn into vultures through others misfortune,” said Jauch.

The injured man could not be reached for comment. The taxi driver is as of yet still unknown and the police are on search for the culprit.

“I don’t know if the police will find him first or the ANC but I hope someone does. It could have happened to anyone of us. To have people with hidden agendas offering their help is also a scary thought,” said Jauch.

This is one of many hit-and-runs that have occurred in the Cape Town area. Koos Roux was bicycling in the CBD area when he was struck and killed. Che Newman was badly injured in Kalk bay by a driver who made a run for it. Both these hit-and-run cases took place in the latter part of 2013.

Change of society

New registration online creates mixed feelings and low numbers for societies

A well-known society is reporting that currently they have received 50% of their total number of sign-ups compared to previous years. This could be attributed to the fact that Stellenbosch students who wished to sign-up for their favourite societies had to follow a new process to previous years.

Vera Leven, a SRC member and the Societies Council Chairperson speaks about the new online sign up procedure, “The new system was initiated by the finance department. The idea is to make signing up easier and more accurate, as students will only be able to sign up if they log in with their specific student number and can’t sign up for others. So far the feedback has been mostly positive and funds are made immediately available to societies.”

Societies and students however had varied feelings when it came to this new system. Benita van Eerden, a second year student who had just signed up online at the BTK stall said, “It was easy to register on the committee’s computer at the stall.” Van Eerden goes on to admit that she wouldn’t have signed up online if she didn’t sign up at the stall. “It just seems complicated and like too much effort, I would have gone home and forgot all about it”, said van Eerden.

Thousands of students squeezed through the Neelsie, the universities popular food court, from Monday to Wednesday last week. The society stalls set up in the court were offering students information on the respective committees offered.

Students who were interested would write down their email address as all the years before but students were then emailed a few days later with a number of hyperlinks to guide them to the actual registration process online. Payment and signing up would occur on this online system.

Marli Geldenhuys, chairperson of the PULP film society relates to the benefits of the online process, “The new system allows quicker processing of memberships. What would usually take months for registration and payments now happens instantaneously.”

Herman Brand, chairman of SPYS, Spirituality, Philosophy and Yoga Society of Stellenbosch, has a different outlook on the new system. “Online is the future yet students feel like it is too complicated or too much effort to log on and click a few buttons. We have been conditioned to put our name down somewhere and that would be all the effort required of us. Anything more than that is just too much time and effort.” said Brand.

Some societies took up the initiative and set up a computer at their stalls which proved more useful.

When asked about the future of sign-ups, Geldenhuys stated, “I feel that the fact that we are limited to online signups has made a negative impact on signups, but that in the long run, the new system is for the better.”

Medical aids and pains in the neck

With the continual hike of the petrol price and the rising tide of everything else it affects, our pockets are growing holes at a rapid rate. So naturally when it comes to our Medical aid, all of us would like to think that our monthly premium is all that’s required from us and going forward we’ll be covered for any hospitalization that might come our way. However, like with all insurance companies, there are clauses that go unchecked and important information between the lines that go unmissed.

 “Many people get confused and have common misconceptions towards what their plan type and Medical Aid will cover” states Rochez O’ Grady, a Pre-Authorization consultant working at a large Medical Aid company in Cape Town. “It’s not that people are unprepared, there is just so much information and red tape for some procedures that it’s impossible to know it all”.

After speaking to numerous people in the industry to help clear the muddy water, I put together some useful guidelines, essential to not being caught in the headlights of a humongous Medical Aid freighter and hopefully save you some grey hairs.

1)     You know what they say about assumptions…

Medical Aids have a lot of red tape, especially when it comes to uncommon treatment. It’s imperative to phone their call center or email them your query as to how your specific plan would cover your procedure. This phone call or email may cost 5 minutes of your time but it could save you thousands of rands. As in the case of Luke Viviers who found out only after he paid his specialist, GP and MRi bills, that his medical aid plan would not cover his treatment. “If I had known my plan didn’t cover joint procedures as common as mine, I would never have chosen it” states an angry  Viviers. “If I had phoned in before I went to the GP, I could have saved a lot of money and hassle. Now I not only have an aching shoulder but also a sore back pocket”.

 

2)     Get those digits

A reference number seems pointless on most occasions, much like the 5cents change they give you at the supermarket. However, it is extremely important to remember who gave you the information and details about your treatment. If you start to hear new information that’s not similar to what you’ve heard previously, you can use the reference number to go back on what the previous agent said. “It’s a good idea to keep a note pad with all the information regarding your treatment, especially the names of the consultants you spoke to and the reference numbers they gave you.” states O’ Grady.

 

3)     You can’t run away from rates and taxes

Most Doctors and anesthetists charge above the “medical aid rates”. Meaning you will be liable for anything above what the medical aid pays out. For example, if your plan type pays out at 200 percent of medical aid rates and the doctor is charging 230 percent, you will be liable for the amount above 200 percent. Now this might not seem like much but remember there might be an anesthetist involved and these amounts can be as much as 400 percent in some instances. The medical aid should know if the doctor and the anesthetist are contracted in with your medical aid rates. If not, there is a 99 percent chance you will need to fork out some money to pay the doctors bills. Speak to your doctor about the rates, it’s a service they are offering and they are not unwilling to reduce their rates.

 

4)     Being early is not always a bad thing

Medical aids require you to call in for an authorization number at least 48hours before your in-hospital procedure. Phone in as soon as you find out you’ve been booked for the procedure. The earlier you are, the less stress you need to deal with before your procedure. If the procedure you’re undergoing is one of the unlucky ones to be bound by red tape, it could take up to 10 business days to gain approval. They might even need a letter of motivation from the doctor involved and additional tests to be done to assess whether they will fund the procedure.

 

5)     A little love goes a long way

“A friendly caller goes a long way and it will be rewarded” says O’Grady. A sure way to make the process more frustrating is to be aggressive or rude with the consultant. “Most of the agents you speak to are really kind and helpful people. However the high demand of call volumes everyday – sometimes as many as 100 calls a day – can get taxing” advises O’ Grady. Be straightforward, clear and assertive. Try and make the agent who’s dealing with your query fully responsible with the outcome of your case, this is a lot easier than dealing with 4 or 5 different agents across the country and explaining you’re story countless times.

 

6)     Don’t trust anyone, especially not the hospital

I know this seems contrary to belief but it’s meant on the administration side. Some hospitals will do all the leg work for you (gaining an authorization number, calling the call center, etc.) but on most occasions they won’t inform you if the doctors are fully covered by your insurance provider. There have been cases when the hospital has made critical errors, leaving the patient to pick up the slack or even fit the bill. Matthew Riley received a text message from his medical aid wishing him good luck with his delivery date and motherhood. “I started to think I was going crazy but when I phoned my medical aid they advised me that the hospital called for the patient concerned and the cellphone numbers were incorrect on their system. So I received her message.”  If the hospital has phoned the medical aid for you, make sure to double check and make sure everything is covered from the nature of the procedure down to the maternity benefits, if that’s the case.

 

There are many processes happening behind the scenes at your medical aid branch but if you go into the process prepared, early and with an inquisitive mindset, you won’t be disappointed and possibly prevent you from explaining to your wife or husband why you received a maternity package from your medical aid. Good luck

‘The Human, Earth Project’

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Ben Randall, a tall, unimposing man of 31 years, is still searching for his friend who vanished from her village and family in Vietnam three years ago.

Randall is spearheading a movement he calls ‘The Human, Earth Project’, an audacious endeavor to create awareness on the seedy underworld of human trafficking in Asia and around the world.

“In a country the size of China, there are tens of millions more males than females due to the one child policy adopted by China,” states Randall.

“What ends up happening is you have tens of millions of males who can’t find wives, making China a major industry for importing woman to be sold as prostitutes or wives from neighbouring countries.”

Where it all began

In September 2008, Randall set off on a trip to Asia with his brother. The landscapes inspired him and even more so, the humble and kind people he met.

During his three year stay in Asia, Randall took portraits of locals and villagers on his travels but felt that the barrier of a camera lens was preventing a deeper connection with the people. In his third year, he sent his camera home, but not before 100 portraits were captured of young and old all across Asia.

One specific black and white portrait is of a young Hmong girl named “M”. The Hmong are an Asian ethnic minority group from mountainous regions across South East Asia.

Randall befriended M, who at the time was fifteen years old, while teaching English in Vietnam. The friendship continued throughout his stay in the Vietnamese village where he worked.

A year after meeting M, while Randall was travelling through Nepal, he was informed that M had gone missing. Details were scarce and rumors spread of an alleged kidnapping and trafficking across the border into China.

Randall found that this was not an uncommon incident in Vietnam. It forced his eyes to peer into a darker side of Asia he hadn’t seen before.

Hagar International, a global research company assisting women and children who have been affected by human rights abuse, report that since 1990, four-hundred thousand people have been exploited due to human trafficking in Vietnam alone.

The mission

On the tenth of September 2013, five years to the day when Ben first arrived in Asia, he will return to the continent that has played such a colossal role in his life, accompanied by Italian photographer and film maker, Moreno Paulon, to try and rescue M.

“If we can’t find M, hopefully we can let people see what’s happening and stop the same thing from happening to girls in a similar situation,” states Randall.

Randall and Paulon will follow the same route as Randall took five years before; they will also be searching for the one hundred people he took portraits of on his previous journey.

“When you take a photograph of somebody, you’re only taking something superficial; a photograph only really shows the differences between people,” states Randall.

“So the idea is to go back and meet these people and find out who they are with more of an emphasis on what we have in common than on our differences and  to see them as people, not just subjects in a photograph.”

Through this process, Randall hopes to create awareness on the trafficking world, which to date is estimated to affect 20.9 million persons worldwide.

A feature length documentary is being made of the journey to rescue M and uncover the trafficking situation in Asia.

“We’ll be travelling around and as we go we will be putting up videos, stories and photographs on our website online, so people can share in our adventure and follow us along our path.

“Human Trafficking is a huge issue in Asia and even after living in these places for years, I didn’t realize the seriousness of it,” states Randall.

The future

Searching for M will be a massive challenge and when questioned concerning the task, Randall says in a worried but assertive tone, “You might say it’s not the smartest thing going into a foreign country, asking questions and messing about with organized crime, but we’ll do what we can.”

To find out what you can do to help or if you would like more information on the project, go to:

‘The Human, Earth Project’