June 24, 2005 |
Babalwa Mbono wined, dined and traipsed around Manhattan as if she were accustomed to the kinds of places she went: a party in a millionaire's postmodern loft, the gleaming corporate headquarters of Johnson & Johnson, the well-appointed apartment she stayed in during her trip. In truth, she had never seen anything like them. Her home in South Africa is a cardboard hut. She uses a communal outhouse, gets water from the streets or the town tap.