BY Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. '02 | Nov. 28, 2012 | Notre Dame Magazine
I lived without the comforts of the U.S. for long periods of time, but I came home from Rwanda every few months and was pampered by the amenities of modern life. It always seemed like a vacation, a respite from the difficult living of rural Rwanda, and I indulged over the short breaks. After living in Fort Lauderdale for a month while waiting to start work in Haiti, I’m still not accustomed to the luxuries of life in the United States. I empathize with prisoners who are finally freed, not quite fitting into the society that was once their own but now seems distant and foreign. I am an alien, an outsider in my own country, in the city where I grew up.