Good Samaritans in an often unfriendly world
I SYMPATHISE with those waiting in the queues outside the Department of Home Affairs. It is awful for those who wait for hours and are then told to return another day because thumbprints cannot be processed.
Discouraged, not knowing who to ask for help to get my ID, I passed the mass of waiting humanity with expectant faces, bound for home.
My age and my despair were noted. A strange woman stood up. “I will help you, I will be your relative!” She took time to take me back to the officer to check again if I could be helped, but again I was told I had to return another day.
This angel in disguise walked with me for several blocks, through what she said was an unsafe area, and returned a few days later to fetch me, stand in for me with her own ID, and defend me as I waited for my ID.
For her, there was no barrier across race or culture or age. There are good Samaritans hidden in what sometimes seems like an unfriendly world.