Save the Mothers

2007 December

Maternal health must top agendas

2012-12-13T13:26:08-05:00December 22nd, 2007|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦A pregnant woman here in Uganda’s capital was recently beheaded by her husband. Maurine Ampire, 38, was a mother getting close to delivering number six. It’s one picture of life here, and a comparable image to the lack of voice that pregnant women have worldwide. No voice. No choice. Just death, and often violently.

2003 October

Ugandans willing to face their problems

2012-10-24T01:39:07-04:00October 18th, 2003|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

This country is one of contrasts. Red-dirt roads cross lush- green landscapes. People familiar with war smile easily and greet you genuinely. Beauty meets ugliness, plenty meets want, and life meets death here. Uganda may be, as Winston Churchill said, the Pearl of Africa. But, if so, it's a tarnished jewel.

2003 May

Tell your mother you love her

2012-10-30T02:01:17-04:00May 9th, 2003|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Sunday is Mother's Day, and I'm reminded that I've never held my mother, looked into her eyes and told her that I love her. I've never offered a soft kiss on her cheek. I've never even given my mother flowers. My mom died before I got the chance.

2002 October

Hamilton doctor battles deaths during childbirth

2012-10-30T04:51:10-04:00October 5th, 2002|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Folks who lined up to throw pies at the prime minister for his candid suggestion that 9/11 was linked with growing global disparities and Western greed may want to stop reading this. The rest of you may meet my wife, Jean, a woman I thank God for every day.