The Loss of Glory

Western Europe: The bitterly cold winds from Siberia chilled us to the bone as we gathered to pay respects to Glory.


She was one of our friends from Nigeria, she worked as a sex worker. Glory died of tuberculosis, which developed as a result of the end stage of AIDS.

Who would "claim" her body? Who would pay for the funeral?No family around, only the pastor and a few friends from a local church were there to comfort Glory's colleagues who were in deep mourning.

Glory's was a "poor girls" funeral - just three small flowers on a cheap wooden box. No wreaths, no bouquets, nopicture, no speech, just two simple songs; "Amazing Grace" and "Blessed Assurance".

A famous singer was recently buried with great pomp and circumstance in the same graveyard!The contrasts are too much to comprehend!

Weeping with those who weep and mourning with those who mourn....

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