What is that smell?

December 05,2008
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Talia Rivera( )

Talia Rivera is a 33-year-old mother of two. As Executive Director of Villages without Walls, she works with high-risk gang members in Boston. [Read more]

I had a flashback of me as a child, sitting in our two-bedroom apartment. The smell of crack cocaine burning is deeply-rooted in my nostrils. Suddenly my son startled me and asked, “What is that smell?” It was the smell of the burning trash that lingers in the air in South Africa. “It’s just burning trash, Danny.”