Monday, August 24, 2009

Too young

On the Internet, our lives are sometimes touched by those whom we never directly meet, but only know by a few pixels on a blog detailing their work:

Today is the funeral of Segundo Strongheart in the village of Nunam Iqua, Alaska. Segundo is the husband of Ann Strongheart and the father of CC, and another wonderful child who will be born this fall. The Mudflats community mourns his loss at the young age of 38.

Many of you remember Ann when she first appeared on Mudflats with the screen name “Struggling in Nunam Iqua.” Through Ann’s grass roots activism and organization, many of you sent flat rate boxes filled with supplies and food to families in rural Alaska who could not afford to both heat their homes and feed their families. Her posts about what it takes to go grocery shopping in the winter in a village, what it’s like to live without running water, and what it’s like to raise a child in a remote Alaskan village also introduced us to her husband Segundo. They were a team, and their combined efforts made lives easier for people struggling last winter. Ann went on to cofound the blog Anonymous Bloggers, named as a tribute to the power of the anonymous blogosphere to enact change.

I recall that Ann's posts of her life, and the work of her and her now deceased husband, Segundo, made for some very powerful reading. This past winter season was especially brutal in rural Alaska. One could easily and accurately say that why then-governor Palin was fiddling, rural Alaskans were freezing. I cannot even begin to imagine what is going through Ann's mind right now. There are, in the end, no words sufficient for those directly affected.

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