Boho by the Horn

Episode 1

 

The story of Lake Winnipeg needs a better telling. It deserves better than the lackadaisical stewardship it has received. It craves more than the news release-driven reporting which typifies this — and most — environmental stories. Many people want to know how to adjust their lives so that the lake can flourish. We want to know how the lake can once again become more than a managed aquaculture project.

Eighteen months ago I started working on this piece about the lake. I wanted to answer three questions:

  • What ’s the state of the lake now?
  • How did it get this way?
  • What’s being done to change things?

Human Misery

Hollow eyes. In an impossibly remote village in Nicaragua an 18-year-old widower was explaining how his pregnant wife was swept to her death when Hurricane Mitch parked its fury overhead. His hurt literally stole his voice away.

Dead eyes. Together a mother and I watched the last breaths of her 4-year-old daughter in the decrepit Nazran hospital. The terrible burns caused by rocket fire on their home in Chechnya might not have killed the child, but the one week wait at the border to scrape up enough bribe money for the Russian guards to let them through to medical help was what closed the curtain.

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Bramwell Ryan

Journalist

Boho by the Horn

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