ShatteredeBook - 2007
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"You can walk a mile in somebody's shoes but those shoes still belong to them."
"I do." I said. "The death of Crystal is a tragedy because we know her-at least we feel like we know here, because we can picture her, we know about her family, we've seen her mother on the news crying. But the million people, we don't know them so we don't care about what happened to them. A million is just a number, a statistic."
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Ian desperately wants a car for his birthday, but has to pass every subject in school in order to receive one. To pass civics, he must have volunteer hours. Accidentally, he volunteered for "The Club", thinking it sounded a bit interesting. But once he finds out its a homeless soup kitchen, he begins to regret his decision. There, he meets a homeless man named "Sarge", and finds out more and more about him. Turns out, his real name is "Jacque", and he was a soldier in the Canadian Army, that encountered the genocide in Rwanda. Ian, surprised and shaken by the events, uncovers more and more about Rwanda, and finds out how fragile the world is, with constant wars and murders.
In the end, Ian did pass every subject in school, and will get his birthday car soon. But this time, instead of going to the soup kitchen in order to receive a car, he travels there with his car, volunteering not because he needs to, but because he wants to.
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