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Father Philip Gbao: Love of education and the poor

Season 7, Ep. 175

Father Philip Gbao is a Salesian Catholic Priest who works with the poor and children in West Africa. At one time he was the principal of a school in Uganda. As a young student he escaped the civil wars in Sierra Leone and now works to empower young women, to train teens in practical skills that will earn them a living wage, and to encourages his students to change behaviors that will make their country cleaner and healthier. He was in the United States to raise money for several young women and men who were completing their college education. We spoke at the Catholic Worker's Maryhouse library -- in the Bowery district of NYC.

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Douglas Hostetter: TET - CIA assassination attempt - Ending war

Season 7, Ep. 173
Douglas Hostetter – Mennonite and Conscientious Objector -- served in the middle of a hot zone during the VietNam War supporting the people who lived there. His is an amazing story. Rebecca McKean and I spoke with Mr Hostetter at Gebhard’s Beer Culture Bar in Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Juneteenth and Father’s day, 2022. We will post our conversation with Douglas in two parts. In the second part of our conversation, Douglas Hostetter describes his daily activities in and around the Tam Ky battle zone during the Viet Nam War – his interaction with the American Marines and a very different relationship with U.S. officers who saw his positive work with the local population – as sapping GI morale. This led to a decision he had to make when he learned that the CIA was putting out rumors that could lead to his assassination.  He describes surviving the violence of the 2 -week TET offensive of 1968 – and the human devastation that he witnessed afterwards. Douglass Hostetter’s Viet Nam experiences established his life path working for peace throughout the world  -- in Nicaragua during the Contra War – in Iraq with his attempts to prevent the First Gulf War by trading a plane-full of medicine with the Iraqis for American and UN hostages  -- and his work to save Bosnian students from genocide in the 1990s  . In a world rife with intense violence -- this story of a man of non-violence should be heard.Alan Winson