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John Haines, Executive Director of MCNW featured in the Oregonian

November 12, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments
John Haines, Executive Director of Mercy Corps Northwest

John Haines, Executive Director of Mercy Corps Northwest

John Haines, Executive Director of Mercy Corps Northwest was featured in the Oregonian in an article by Peter Ames Carlin.

Read the full account of his compelling story here.

See the photo gallery here.

Excerpted Here:

“Imagine the train rumbling through the Black Triangle of Czechoslovakia. It’s the morning of November 10, 1999, the weak autumn light filtering through a tattered forest of skeletal branches, the gruesome toll of industrial coal mining and acid rain.

John Haines peers through the windows. His eyes are shadowed from lack of sleep, but he can see, and feel, life all around him. Green shoots pushing through the black earth. The pulse of life, the persistence of hope. And not just in the midst of this grim, dead forest.

There’s also the tentative peace in the wake of the Balkan war. The 10th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union, which inspired this train ride: Haines is heading to the celebration of the Berlin Wall’s collapse.

Ninety minutes outside of Prague the train stops in Usti nad Labem. And just like that Haines is on the move. He slips on his Adidas — not pausing to lace them — tells his girlfriend Jill he’ll be back with coffee, skips to the door and leaps into the air above the concrete platform.

And that’s where Haines’ memories end…”

Full Article Here


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