Who in their right mind would do such a thing?
Peruvian intellectuals have been reading the weekly magazine Caretas since 1950. Its journalists, who see the American “Time Magazine” and the German “Spiegel” as their examples, have uncovered numerous scandals. Former dictator Fujimori famously called Caretas “a stone in my shoe.”
Its current edition has four pages on Diospi Suyana. The well-researched article opens with the question: “Who in their right mind would ever plan a hospital without state help and without sufficient financial means of their patients.” The writer Sebastian Zileri continues: “No one in their right mind would ever attempt such a project in such an under-developed region as Curahuasi is!”
In his article he quotes the missionary doctor Klaus John: “There are more projects of this kind than there are grains of sands on the beach. But in order that such a hospital like Diospi works, you need a mission and an intense desire.” Zileri wants to provide his readers with the answer to his question: “Klaus John’s basis for his desire is his conviction, that the resurrection of Jesus Christ has given his life a transcendental meaning and mirrors the supernatural power of God, which makes the impossible possible!”
Sebastian Zileri knows what he is talking about and why he uses the heading: “Healing in Curahuasi.” He has spent two days at the hospital and has spoken to many patients. He could not miss the long queues waiting outside, nor the affectionate caring with which all the people were met, who in other places would be met with punishing disdain. Having compiled Diospi Suyana’s most important milestones he focuses on the absurd bureaucratic hurdles that Diospi Suyana has to regularly overcome.
The text also reveals that the Peruvian knows his Bible. A whole string of Bible verses are built into the report. Has there ever been such a report in Caretas? Probably not.
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