Welcome to the Bangkok Slaughterhouse: The Battle for Human Dignity in Bangkok's Bleakest Slums (英語) ペーパーバック – 2005/3/15
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The Reverend Joseph H. Maier, C.Ss.R., is a Redemptorist priest from the United States. He came to Thailand in 1967 as a missionary, serving in north Isan and then among the Hmong in Laos. In 1972, he established the Human Development Foundation in Bangkok's Klong Toey slum, where he has lived and worked for more than 30 years. Threatened and shot at, the unwavering priest has over the years become a no-nonsense, street-smart friend to the poor, from whom he draws constant inspiration.
Father Joe, as he's called, has established more than thirty schools, five shelters for street kids, and several projects for women and children with AIDS, working with and against authority, earning enmity and praise in equal measure. In Welcome to the Bangkok Slaughterhouse, he tells the heartbreaking and heartwarming stories of the poorest of Thailand's poor, each a gem guaranteed to bring anger, tears, and joy.
Father Joe Maier is a contributor to the Bangkok Post, where many stories about the Klong Toey slum first appeared.
Foreword by Jerry Hopkins, author of Extreme Cuisine and No One Here Gets Out Alive.
The street children of the Mercy Centre are from the abject poverty of shantytowns and most are orphaned, abandoned, neglected and/or infected with HIV. But they are survivors. The ones who make it to Father Joe's Mercy Centre are NOT poor, Father Joe likes to say. They feel sorry for the poor and have empathy for them. And in these newspaper columns the resiliency and spunk of Mercy's street children reveal spirits that are rich and abundant.
Although the Mercy Centre has opened dozens of preschools in the Klong Toey slums of Bangkok, Father Joe insists here that the students are the real teachers, and in Welcome to the Bangkok Slaughterhouse he allows the narratives of their lives to instruct and inform us.