It's been a long time since I read a newspaper article that actually made me hopeful for the future, but this one did. I recommend it heartily. You know, I spend my time immersed in documents and personal histories of a time in Central America when senseless violence, political repression, banditry, rape, and massacre were commonplace in many countries. I am not familiar with the intimate details of the violence in Colombia nowadays due to drug-trafficking, international politics, poverty, and local brigandage, though I understand it is some improved over years past. Either way, I thank God for people like Luis Soriano and his Biblioburro, for continuing to make the world a better, bigger, brighter place in spite of programmatic attempts to squash the human spirit. The Rubén Darío poem at the end is a particularly nice touch.
Read the article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/20/world/americas/20burro.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1