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Sergio Castro – Medicine Man of Chiapas

Sergio Castro – Medicine Man of Chiapas

Today Petrona doesn’t smile. The smile that overwhelms in the face of adversity, that endears hope and devours pain, is missing. We all feel it.  Today her pain transcends time. Sergio’s treatment seems futile; the pain is drawing Petrona back to the moment in the fire, when the insufferable pain she couldn’t feel then, and her life of pain in the subsequent months, was beginning to engulf her. Sergio, however, is unfazed. “When I come next time, there will be a very great surprise for you!” he says in Tzotzil, Petrona’s Mayan dialect. He translates his words into French and then English to engage hope in not only Petrona, but all those in the room who come from abroad to volunteer their help.  Petrona is a fourteen-year-old Mayan girl who lives […]

by · July 22, 2014 · Health, Medicine, Profile, Science, Travel, World
Merv Williamson. Photograph by Chris Hopkins

The Last Dairy Farmer

Merv Williamson has been photographed many times. Various local papers and rural magazines have told his story as the last dairy farmer in the Whittlesea area. His kitchen wall is covered with photocopy’s of images of him and Mary, posing with members of his herd of fresian cows, all of which have names. However he shifts uncomfortably in his couch as the camera is switched to video mode. “I wouldn’t want your job for quid’s he mutters, before cryptically adding, “I’m not too flash with the technology, not really a TV person you see!” Merv and Mary Williamson are old-fashioned and they like it that way. Born of an era where hard work and toil was worn like a badge of honour, the 77 and 79 year olds still rise […]

by · March 25, 2014 · Profile