Sometimes people change people's lives and never even know. And so it was with Hilde Back, a Holocaust survivor teaching children in Sweden and sending 15-dollars a month off to Kenya in the mail. At the other end, a little boy who got to go to school with that money and grew up to work in human rights around the globe. Today we bring you the story of how one small act of kindness created so much hope.
Part Two of The Current
A Small Act - Chris Mburu
We started this segment with a clip from Chris Mburu, a prominent human rights lawyer speaking at a ceremony in his native Kenya. The woman he's thanking is Hilde Back, a Swedish woman now in her 80's, who he credits with changing his life. Without Hilde Back, it's unlikely Chris Mburu would be a lawyer. He might never have left Kenya. He probably wouldn't have even gone to high school.
Chris and Hilde's unique relationship is the subject of a documentary film called A Small Act. The film is nominated for an Emmy and Chris Mburu will be at tonight's awards ceremony in New York. But this morning he joined us in Toronto. Chris Mburu is a lawyer with the United Nations Human Rights Agency.
The final word on this story goes to the next generation of Kenyan students. Many continue to benefit from Hilde Back's initial kindness. We aired a clip with the Kenyan students reciting a poem to Hilde Back during her visit to Kenya.
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