A New Desperation

July 17, 2009 at 1:57 pm (Uncategorized)

A cultural twist on suicide: I met someone at Starbucks today to help him with his English, and as we left the cafe he pointed to one of the buildings and told a story I couldn’t have concocted.

About five people have either jumped or tried to jump from this building in recent months.

One of the individuals responded to the police negotiator by requesting a university diploma in exchange for not jumping!

I’ve met some people who say that university education here is too expensive, and jobs are hard to come by, so it’s a vicious cycle. People can’t afford university, but without degrees they can’t get the jobs that are in short supply to begin with.

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