Can you imagine a parent who can’t even afford to give their child Pedialyte, and so that child dies from diarrhea? It’s so inconceivable here, stateside, but there, in “PI” — the Philippine Islands — it’s not only conceivable, it’s normal.
Even with the weakened US dollar, it’s much stronger than the Filipino piso. And as long as my family has poor relatives in PI, we will wire US dollars there, so at least a little of the bounty found in this country can make its way over there.
This is not only true for my family, but for all diasporic family members, who, leaving a developing country for a developed one, they left loved ones behind. And whether they send money back home out of duty or guilt or love, one thing is also true: those they left behind are never forgotten, as they pray that conditions will improve — somehow — back home.